Independent Restaurant Owners and Operators

Entrepreneurs and restaurant owners tell their stories about opening new restaurants, managing landmark properties, growing their concepts, evolving with emerging trends, adopting better practices, and succeeding in the competitive hospitality industry.


Cameron Mitchell's Plan to Bridge the Millennial Gap

In today's industry, millennial employees are often disregarded by senior leadership. At Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, it's just the opposite.
Anchor Chip-n-Dippers by McCain

The 2017 Buyer’s Guide—Fast Fixes

Even in the more polished full-service restaurants, sometimes there’s a need for speed. The key, of course, is to accelerate service without compromising product.

FDA Extending Compliance Date for Menu Labeling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will be publishing a final rule that formally extends the compliance date for menu labeling regulations to May 5.
Chefmate Stuffed Mushrooms

The 2017 Buyer’s Guide—Finishing Touches

From décor staples to sweet endings, the dining experience is judged by all the little details.
Chef Pierre Fruit HiPie apple pie

The 2017 Buyer’s Guide—Healthy and Hearty

Why not both? Flavorful comfort foods are becoming ever so politically correct, with variations that are low in preservatives and high in natural attributes.

Former Dinosaur BBQ CEO Takes Over at Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group

Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Inc., the owner and operator of the Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, and Del Frisco’s Grille restaurant concepts,

Sticking With Shoney's

Through the ups and downs and everything in between, Rory Smith has stayed loyal to Shoney's for nearly 50 years.

Cheesecake Factory Partners with Fox Restaurant Concepts

The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated announced that it has entered into a strategic relationship with Fox Restaurant Concepts LLC with respect to two of its brands, North Italia and Flower Child.

Restaurants Improve Loyalty Through Gamification

Restaurants that gamify their promotions find guests develop a stronger affinity for their brand.

International Franchise Association Announces 2017 Convention Dates

The International Franchise Association—the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising globally—announced its 2017 dates.