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Parasole to Open Field Day, Fast-Casual Spinoff of Good Earth

Twin Cities-based Parasole Restaurant Holdings will open Field Day, its first fast-casual spinoff of the popular Good Earth brand, in the fall of 2016 at Ridgedale Center (General Growth Properties) in Minnetonka, Minnesota. “We are tremendously excited about this opportunity,” says Donna Fahs, Parasole’s COO. “Building on Good Earth’s standing as Minnesota’s natural foods pioneer, […]

Walk the Floor, Win a Fitbit at This Year’s NRA Show

In conjunction with Food News Media’s Healthy, Active Lifestyle campaign and this year’s second-annual HALO Awards, put your best foot forward by "Walking the Floor" and participating in our contest during the 2016 NRA Show. While on the floor, be sure to stop by the Food News Media booth, No. 5415, to pick up one of our “Walk the […]

True Food Kitchen Receives REAL Certification

The United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC), a nonprofit dedicated to making it easier to dine healthfully and sustainably, announced that True Food Kitchen’s 12 locations have become REAL Certified, a nationally recognized symbol of culinary nutrition and environmental excellence. “When we began developing the REAL certification program in 2012, we identified True Food Kitchen […]

Emerging Restaurant Chains Report

Emerging Chains Report Silver Diner Earls Kitchen + Bar The Cowfish In the highly competitive restaurant industry, votes are cast in dollars and diner loyalty. Winning a guest for a one-time meal doesn’t position a brand for success; instead, chefs and operators have to create meaningful dining-out experiences with menus and hospitality that encourage guests […]

New AAA Restaurant Rating Guidelines Reflect Changing Focus

AAA recently updated its restaurant Approval Requirements & Diamond Rating Guidelines, the blueprint AAA inspectors use to evaluate 30,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated restaurants throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The guidelines, last updated in 2009, reflect changing industry trends, incorporating input from AAA’s hotel and restaurant inspectors, AAA members and industry […]

Rainforest Café and Maggiano’s Lead the Charge in Allergy-Friendly Dining

AllergyEats, a guide to allergy-friendly restaurants nationwide, recently released its list of the Top 10 Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains in the U.S., as tabulated from feedback from the food allergy community.  “The chains on the list were all chosen from user ratings based on three questions that they answered on our website or app,” says […]

Shoney’s Makes Commitment to Serve Only Cage-Free Eggs

Shoney’s, America’s Dinner Table since 1947, announced its commitment to serve 100 percent cage-free eggs in all of its restaurants by 2025. The announcement makes the All-American restaurant brand one of the first within the family casual dining segment to commit to only cage-free eggs. Shoney’s will work with its suppliers to back the brand’s […]

HMSHost Will Make Switch to Cage-Free Eggs

Global restaurateur HMSHost is going “cage-free” in its airport and motorway restaurants. As part of its ongoing commitment to strong corporate citizenship and placing emphasis on thoughtful environmental and animal welfare practices, HMSHost will move toward cage-free eggs at its more than 2,000 locations in airports and motorways across the U.S. by 2025. HMSHost will launch this […]

Maggiano’s Little Italy, Rainforest Café Top List of Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

AllergyEats, a leading guide to allergy-friendly restaurants nationwide, has just released its 2016 list of the Top 10 Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains in the U.S. The chains on this prestigious list hold the highest ratings on the AllergyEats app and website, per feedback from the food allergy community. AllergyEats restaurant ratings are based solely on […]

Red Robin Named One of Top 10 Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews was once again included on the annual list of “Top 10 Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains in America” by AllergyEats, a leading guide to allergy-friendly restaurants nationwide. For the fourth consecutive year, Red Robin has earned a top spot in recognition of its efforts to provide safe choices for guests […]

STACKED: Food Well Built Introduces Optional Calorie Counter

When STACKED: Food Well Built opened its first location in 2011, the restaurant concept generated buzz for letting guests customize their entire meal by choosing from dozens of high-quality and flavorful ingredients, toppings and sauces to build their burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizzas, Mac ‘n’ Cheese, shakes, desserts and cocktails, and more. The magic behind the […]

Bob Evans Farms Commits to Serve Only Cage-Free Eggs

Bob Evans Farms, Inc. announced that its restaurants will serve only 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2025. The company says that it will work with its network of suppliers to ensure an orderly and efficient implementation of this policy over this time frame. “For several years, we have been working closely with our suppliers and independent […]

Searching For the Source

While Chipotle remains embroiled in a public relations crisis, the long-lauded fast casual still cannot pinpoint the source of its E. coli and salmonella troubles. This information gap raises an unsettling question for all operators: how much supply chain transparency is truly available in the industry, and what sort of efforts can be done to […]

Arooga’s New Menu Boasts Largest Ingredient Changes Since Inception

Arooga’s is charging into 2016 with a new menu focused on transitioning to clean ingredients, providing healthy meal alternatives, and improving some old favorites, and Arooga's is celebrating with a launch event that will allow guests to sample the entire menu at 50 percent off at all of its Central Pennsylvania locations. On January 18, Arooga’s Grille […]