Industry Headlines from FSR magazine

  • FSR Exclusive Johnny Rockets Launches Drive-Thru Spinoff [09-17-2014]

    Johnny Rockets can now support two out of three characteristics of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

    The full-service concept announced this week that it will spin-off its Americana brand with four quick-service prototypes, from a standalone drive-thru unit and drive-in accompaniment...

  • California Sommelier Earns Advanced Certification [09-17-2014]

    At the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, situated 23 miles from the San Francisco International Hotel, sommelier Petra Polakovicova passed the Court of Master Sommeliers' Advanced Sommelier Exam. She is now one of only 325 Advanced Sommeliers in the United States....

  • Mugshots Opens with Fundraiser in Auburn [09-17-2014]

    Mugshots Grill & Bar opened the doors to location No. 12 the morning of Sept.16 morning in Auburn, Alabama.  

    The weekend prior, Mugshots partnered with Twin Cedars Child Advocacy Center for the restaurant's pre-opening fundraising event...

  • Kendall College Welcomes Chef to Culinary Arts Program [09-17-2014]

    The Kendall College School of Culinary Arts announces the addition of Austin Yancey, CEC, CCE, PCEC, to its adjunct faculty, effective immediately.

    A lauded chef and educator, Yancey will be teaching Nutritional Cooking and one of Kendall’s Culinary Certificate courses.  

    “Kendall...

  • Melting Pot Plans First Location in Iowa [09-16-2014]

    The Melting Pot Restaurants announced plans to expand the brand's presence in the Des Moines market, naming the city as a target for future franchise development. This would bring the first Melting Pot restaurant to the state of Iowa.

    "One of the things that...

  • FSR Exclusive Coffee Press Drives Beverage Innovation at Hard Rock [09-16-2014]

    "Plunge to your liking."

    It's not the typical verbal directions guests receive when ordering a cocktail, but these guidelines indicate Hard Rock Cafe isn't innovating its beverage program in a typical way.

    The global full serve debuted a beverage this summer that hinges on the use...

  • Operators Becoming More Sustainable, Research Shows [09-16-2014]

    The National Restaurant Association today unveiled new research that shows a substantial number of operators are implementing sustainability best practices into their...

  • Innovative Beverage Options Drive More Visits [09-16-2014]

    A fifth of today's consumers (21 percent, up from 16 percent in 2012) say that beverages play a very important role in deciding which restaurants to visit for meals.

    This increase is primarily driven by consumers aged 18–44, who tend to use beverages for a wide...

  • Honey Board Announces Innovation Winners [09-15-2014]

    The National Honey Board has selected the winners of its Honey Innovation Awards. 

    Launched earlier this year, the competition drew entries from operators nationwide, showcasing their honey-inspired food and beverage menu innovations. The 2014 Honey Innovation Award...

  • Ritz-Carlton Eatery Invites Guests to Farmers Market [09-15-2014]

    For the first time, the Cast & Plow chefs at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey have invited two diners every Thursday to participate in their weekly visit to the Marina del Rey farmers market. 

    Filling two reusable Cast & Plow logoed canvas bags with fresh...

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