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Added 4 June, 2018

Chipotle has started adding drive-thrus to restaurants — but it is a little bit different from how other fast-food chains operate: Instead of ordering at the window, customers need to order ahead via the Chipotle app or an online form. "When I went there was no line for the drive-thru," one five-star review from February reads. "I think word...

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Added 31 May, 2018

Each day, Vegas hotels and restaurants dish up 60,000 pounds of food. It takes nearly 50,000 real-live humans to prepare and serve all those crab legs, potatoes, and chocolate cakes, and now they’ve made it clear: they don’t want to lose their job to robots. Members of the city’s Culinary Workers Union voted to go on strike if their contracts...

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Added 31 May, 2018

Lots of trends have anti-trends, and beer is no exception. A few years ago it was all about high-alcohol IPAs. Now the pendulum is swinging the other way. One example is Big Drop Brewing which has added to its range of beers under 0.5% abv by launching a sour beer. Founder Rob Fink said: “While the style is a popular one with many existing...

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Added 25 May, 2018

San Diego-headquartered Petco, a leading specialty retailer of pet products and services with more than 1,500 Petco and Unleashed by Petco locations in North America, has tapped Los Alamitos, California JustFoodForDogs to open hundreds of "stores within stores" with many of them featuring exhibition kitchens so customers can see how the food is...

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Added 19 May, 2018

Start-up Kabaq is aiming to bring the next big technology-influenced change for restaurants and foodies since Instagram sparked a surge in food photography: an augmented reality menu. Burger chain Bareburger will be among the first restaurants to allow customers to see their meal right in front of them — before ever placing an order.
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Added 14 May, 2018

Domino’s announced that US customers can now have pizza delivered to locations without an address. Local Domino’s restaurants choose ‘Hotspots’ to deliver to nearby, which customers can view on a map. These include beaches, fields, parks and more. Currently, the flexible delivery option lets diners choose from 150,000 Domino’s Hotspots around...

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Added 8 May, 2018

The restaurant-as-coworking-space concept isn’t exactly new. Nor is the idea of double-duty public spaces. But man, are there a lot of options these days, even compared to a couple years ago. The match makes sense. According to one study, an estimated 5.1 million people worldwide will be using a coworking space by 2022. But not all of them can...

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Added 5 May, 2018

With farm-to-table restaurants in every neighborhood, fitness bands on every wrist and meditation a mainstream practice, the shift toward conscious living is having a fundamental impact on how consumers shop, eat and drink. Sixty-seven percent of Americans prioritize healthy or socially-conscious food purchases and lower alcohol-by-volume (ABV...

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Added 26 April, 2018

Sainsbury’s has partnered with e-cargobikes.com to trial zero-emission deliveries from its South London store in Streatham. Five cargo bikes will deliver up to 100 online orders a day to customers across South London and will be able to avoid heavy traffic during peak delivery hours and park closer to customers homes. When a delivery is made,...

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Added 16 April, 2018

With more than half of its business funneling in through the drive-thru, Long John Silver's brand revitalization program made this channel a top priority, culminating in new outdoor menu boards designed to knock drivers' socks right off the floorboards. The roll-up interactive drive-through menu boards fill drivers' vision with three 55-inch,...