Landry’s Buys Mastro’s, Upscale Steak And Seafood Chain
Landry's Inc. has acquired Mastro’s Restaurants LLC, a high-end steak and seafood chain. The 10-unit chain, based in Woodland Hills, Calif., includes two main concepts: Mastro's Steakhouse and Mastro’s Ocean Club.
Mastro’s has... »
NAFEM Unveils Protocol Version 3.0
The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers has made equipment connectivity easier than ever with the introduction of its NAFEM Data Protocol Version 3.0. The new version identifies the basic data structure and... »
Texas Capital Offers Water Rebate Program
Some like to think that everything is bigger in Texas. In the state capital, at least, the rebates for water savings are pretty considerable—up to $100,000 for foodservice equipment and process upgrades that produce water savings... »
ANFP Applauds Safe Food For Seniors Act
The Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals is among the organizations and healthcare groups supporting the Safe Food for Seniors Act of 2013 (H.R. 2181), introduced in Congress in May. The bipartisan bill would... »
Energy Efficiency, Conservation Strategies Top Takeaways at MUFES 2013
More than 80 attendees gathered for FER’s 2013 Multiunit Foodservice Equipment Symposium, held at Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Austin, Texas, June 10-12. The operator attendees, a mix of equipment specifiers from emerging... »
MAFSI Unveils Expanded Business Barometer Report
The quarterly Business Barometer maintained by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry has been expanded to detail the sales trends of six new equipment categories, subcategories under the Barometer’s... »
Improving U.S. Economy Should Drive Moderate Foodservice Growth, Says Technomic
The domestic economy is looking better than it has since the Great Recession began in 2008, according to economist Arjun Chakravarti, but there remain significant risk factors. And the gradually improving economic situation of... »
Meiko Names New Chief For Export Sales and Marketing
Meiko, the Offenburg, Germany, maker of dishwashers and cleaning and disinfection appliances, has strengthened its international business by appointing Klaus Engesser as its new head of export sales and marketing for dishwashing... »
Dunkin’ Donuts Shows Off First Store Redesign In Seven Years
Dunkin’ Donuts has scratched the seven-year itch and unveiled its first new store design in that timeframe. The contemporary new look might remind some patrons of Starbucks. It features updated, modern seating areas and multiple... »
New Directions For Cornyn And Fasano
John Cornyn and Joyce Fasano, veteran foodservice consultants best known for long careers at The Cornyn Fasano Group designing facilities for the educational sector, B&I, recreational and fine arts sectors, have closed shop... »
First Quarter Traffic Was Weak In Most Of The World, Reports NPD
Only three of the 10 major foodservice markets tracked by The NPD Group’s CREST studies managed traffic growth in the first quarter of 2013 compared with the first quarter last year, the research firm reports, as recessionary... »
Don Opens New Illinois Headquarters
Edward Don & Co. held an open house, catered lunch, tours and ribbon cutting on June 10 to celebrate the grand opening of its new corporate headquarters and distribution center on Adam Don Parkway in Woodridge, Ill.... »
Tom Venetis Hired As Executive Director At ABC
There’s been a management change at Allied Buying Corp. Tom Venetis, a 24-year veteran of Edward Don & Co., has joined the buying group as its incoming executive director. He will succeed Tom Wilhelm, who will retire at the... »
Greg Wait, Salvajor Sales Chief, Passes Reins To Huston
Greg Wait, who spent 30 years as v.p.-sales and marketing at The Salvajor Co., is moving on. Amy Huston, director of sales, now will be leading the Kansas City, Mo., company’s sales team. Huston has been focused on dealer sales,... »
In Memoriam: Roy Hake
Roy Hake, a veteran of 36 years with Duke Mfg. Co., died May 28 at age 93. He joined the St. Louis manufacturer in 1948, after serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corp. Across five decades with the company, “Ask Roy!” became a... »
Wholesale Food Prices Jumped 1% In May; Menu Prices Continue To Rise
Maybe the much expected increases in food prices have finally arrived. Overall food prices at the wholesale level jumped 1% in May, according to calculations by the National Restaurant Association, the largest monthly gain since... »
Retrofitting Pays Off At Huddle House
Huddle House kitchens are still plating burgers and waffles, but refreshed dining rooms and exteriors are bringing in new business for the 400-unit, family-dining chain. The redesigned stores, sporting a more modern look and... »
Sun Capital Buys Johnny Rockets, May Be Selling Captain D’s
Southern California burger chain Johnny Rockets has a new owner. Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen might soon, too.
Sun Capital Partners, the parent company of Captain D’s, has acquired the 300-outlet Johnny Rockets; in the meantime,... »
NAFEM HQ To Hold CFSP Overview & Exam
With the Certified Foodservice Professional exam no longer being offered at the NAFEM or NRA shows, industry personnel should take advantage of an opportunity next month in Chicago. Each August, NAFEM headquarters in Chicago... »
NYC Restaurants Sue Over City’s Health Inspections
Forty restaurant owners in the Bronx have sued the city, calling the New York Health Department’s grading system unconstitutional and an unfair tax on small businesses.
In a $150 million lawsuit, the operators accuse health... »
Los Angeles County To Take Inspections Online
And the biggest county on the West Coast has some news about restaurant inspections as well. Beginning July 1, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department will go paperless and move to an all-electronic inspection... »
Fast-Casual Chains Add Table Service To Adapt To Zoning
It took an upgrade to table service for two Florida-based quick-service chains to get the thumbs-up to open their doors in Winter Park, Fla.
The city, near Orlando, agreed to zone in fast-casual concepts Firehouse Subs and... »
Ace Mart Opens Its 15th Superstore
Ace Mart Restaurant Supply opened its third Dallas location this week.
Paul Gustafson, president/owner of the family-owned dealership, said, “We hope this location will add convenience for our many existing customers in the... »
MUFES Theme: Capital Cost Vs. Life-Cycle Cost
What do you do when your customer really wants a high-end, high-efficiency piece of equipment—it’s the very best product for their needs—but they can’t afford it? Or, at least, don’t think they can.
The topic of initial capital... »
Expanded Texas Plant For Win-Holt Fabrication
Syosset, N.Y.-based Win-Holt Equipment Group is centralizing all of its U.S. custom stainless fabrication into an expanded facility in Dallas. Win-Fab production has been transferred to the Texas plant to allow the company better... »
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