Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 18:48:10
Summary List Placement Back in 2011, Applebee's franchisee Greg Flynn set a goal to diversify his restaurant company's portfolio, a strategic move made after casual dining was hit hard by two recessions. The CEO and founder of Flynn Restaurant Group, who is also the largest Applebee's franchisee with 444 locations, has since amassed a multi-unit company of 1,223 restaurants that includes some of the industry's most popular fast food and fast-casual brands: Taco Bell (280), Arby's (367) and Panera Bread (132). By many accounts, including Flynn's own, he is the largest franchise operator in the US. And his empire is about to get bigger. Last week Flynn cut a deal to nearly double the size of his San Francisco-based company to nearly 2,400 restaurants by adding two fast-food categories that have eluded him: pizza and burgers. “They're the two largest segments in the industry, and we weren't in either of them,” Flynn told Insider during a recent interview. Flynn bought more than 1,100 Pizza Hut and Wendy's restaurants from bankrupt operator NPC International.
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Wendy's franchisees, Flynn to buy bankrupt NPC's burger joints
Thursday, 7 January 2021, 17:49:51
Wendy's Co said on Thursday restaurant operator Flynn Restaurant Group as well as a few other of its franchisees would buy about 393 of its outlets operated by the bankrupt NPC Quality Burgers Inc.
New list ranks the most hated fast-food restaurants in America
Wednesday, 30 December 2020, 19:39:22
Opinions on fast food can vary wildly, but is there one fast-food restaurant that is hated more than the rest? A new state ranking uses data compiled from social media mentions of nearly 200,000 individuals, along with their location data, to determine the most-hated fast-food restaurant in each state. Looking at the picture as a whole tells us which fast-food restaurant has the most vocal critics, at least online. When it comes to opinions on restaurants, fast-food chains tend to bring forth the strongest reactions from both fans and critics alike. In a single breath, one might slam the likes of McDonald's but extol the virtues of a late-night run to Taco Bell. It often makes very little sense, but that's just the way we are. So, it should come as no surprise that people complain about the most popular fast-food chains a good bit online. A website called The Daring Kitchen began to collect those complaints on Twitter, using the geolocation data of the tweets to determine what state the complaint was made in.
Starbucks cancels its Happy Hour deal following worker worries and crowding concerns amid COVID surge
Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 16:49:24
Summary List Placement Starbucks is cancelling its Happy Hour deal until 2021. The coffee giant confirmed to Business Insider that it has decided to pause its Thursday Happy Hours deal through December and on January 7. Reuters first reported the news, citing an internal memo. “Partner care and safety remains the top priority,” the memo reads, according to Reuters. “However, with the anticipated rise in cases as a result of holiday travel and the latest guidance from the scientific community to not gather indoors in large groups for a prolonged period of time, we feel it is best to pause Happy Hours.” Read more: Starbucks is giving away Peppermint Mocha air fresheners in a drive-thru-only deal as the coffee giant goes all in on drive-thrus Starbucks workers have been complaining about the Happy Hour crowds for weeks. The buy-one, get-one-free deal is typically held on a select Thursday each month, with customers getting alerts via the Starbucks app when the deal is being offered. “A lot of us are going crazy over it, no matter what store you're from,” Jay Josef, who has worked at Starbucks for nine years, told Business Insider in November.
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Uber Eats and Wendy's are partnering to give away next-gen consoles in new contest – CNET
Monday, 7 December 2020, 18:48:00
We've reached this level of PlayStation and Xbox desperation.
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