Industry Headlines from FSR magazine

  • Ritz-Carlton Aruba Adds BLT Steak Restaurant [07-02-2015]

    ​In partnership with ESquared Hospitality, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, announced today that a new BLT Steak restaurant is set to debut at the luxury resort this summer. When opened, the critically acclaimed restaurant will celebrate its second outpost in the Caribbean, following the extraordinary...

  • Brinker Acquires 103 Franchised Chili's Restaurants [07-02-2015]

    Brinker International Inc. today announced it has acquired Pepper Dining Holding Corp., a franchisee of 103 Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants primarily located in the Northeast and Southeast. The purchase price of $106.5 million was funded with availability under Brinker's existing credit...

  • Sable Kitchen & Bar Names New Executive Chef [07-02-2015]

    Sable Kitchen & Bar has announced Lawrence Letrero as the new executive chef.

    A Windsor, Ontario, native, Letrero moved to Chicago to study culinary arts at Kendall College. Upon graduation in 2006, Letrero joined the opening team at Perennial Virant where he sharpened his skills...

  • Irvine Releases Health Food Line Exclusively at Giant [07-02-2015]

    Chef Robert Irvine and Giant Food of Landover, Maryland, announced today that the Irvine’s new company of nutritionally improved food products will initially be available exclusively at Giant’s 168 stores throughout the mid-Atlantic region. The announcement was made at the O Street Market Giant...

  • Johnny Rockets Signs Drive-Thru Development Deal [07-01-2015]

    Johnny Rockets announces a development agreement with Cruzar Group LLC to open Johnny Rockets restaurants in El Paso, Texas, including the brand’s new Route 66 expression. Johnny Rockets’ Route 66 drive-thru prototype will offer its same all-American menu to travelers and consumers on-the-go....

  • The Counter's Second Saudi Arabian Store Is Now Open [06-30-2015]

    The Counter Custom Built Burgers is now operating its second Saudi Arabian location in Riyadh. The Counter offers a “burger for every lifestyle,” with more than a million possible combinations and embraces “burgers with a conscience,” using naturally raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef, ...

  • Legendary Brands Enters Global Agreement With Sysco [06-30-2015]

    Following two recent announcements of significant expansion throughout California and Latin America, Legendary Restaurant Brands today executed a new global agreement with Sysco Corporation to supply food to its Bennigan’s and Steak and Ale concepts.

    The multi-year agreement begins in...

  • ACSI Report Shows Customer Satisfaction Holding Steady [06-30-2015]

    The satisfaction gap between fast food and full-service restaurants is the largest since 2010. Customers are less satisfied with fast food as their discretionary income improves and preferences shift in favor of quality over price, according to new data from the American Customer Satisfaction...

  • Bacara Resorts & Spa Appoints New Executive Chef [06-29-2015]

    Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara has announced the appointment of Vincent Lesage as executive chef.

    “Chef Lesage’s impressive career includes 3-Star Michelin restaurants in Paris as well as experience at some of the world’s most luxurious hotels,” says Kathleen Cochran, managing...

  • Matchbox Food Group Opens First Texas Restaurant [06-29-2015]

    Matchbox Food Group has announced the further expansion of its matchbox restaurant to Texas with an initial Dallas location planned for Preston Hollow Village. This will be the first restaurant in the Lone Star State for the Washington-DC based group. Co-owners Drew Kim and Mark and Ty Neal have...

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