Nation's Restaurant News Magazine

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    CiCi's Is America's Favorite Pizza Chain For People Who Like Bad Pizza

    Cici's Pizza grease buffet is an American favorite, according to Nation's Restaurant News. The article cites a study conducted by Market Force, a consumer research company based in Colorado. Other American favorites covered in the survey include Papa John's, Papa Murphy's and Take 'N' Bake Pizza.

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    National List of "Hot Concepts" Includes Two Locally Based Companies, Del Frisco's Grille and Pie Five Pizza

    The foodservice industry trade publication Nation's Restaurant News recently named its Hot Concepts of 2012, which is a look at brands that "celebrate innovation, vitality and growth within the restaurant industry." The annual list acts as a barometer of trendsetters, which are expected to experie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    EatZi's is Expanding to Grapevine and Plano, but It's Not Going National Again

    Nation's Restaurant News reported yesterday that eatZi's will open two new spots in the 'burbs. The first will open on May 17 in Grapevine and will occupy 10,000 square feet "of freestanding retail space in a former Luby's Cafeteria site." The Plano store will be a newly constructed 10,000 square- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Jason Boso and Twisted Root Win Big for Big D

    ​Each year, Nation's Restaurant News selects five emerging companies as its Hot Concepts! Award winners. This year's group was cited for "bold tactics, outstanding creativity and strong performances in a persistently sluggish economy." And one of Dallas' own is a member of that group: Twisted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Olive Garden Rolls Out Remodel in Texas

    A plan to revamp Olive Garden restaurants nationwide is getting its start in Texas. Three Dallas area stores are among the nine "remodel locations" recently announced by the Italian-American restaurant chain. According to spokesperson Kristen Johnson, more than half of the chain's 700 stores will e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Breakfast Tacos: Taste What You're Missing, America

    Get a clue, America.​Restaurant owners are growing increasingly excited about the prospects for breakfast pizza, but breakfast tacos don't show any signs of making significant inroads nationally. Breakfast pizza is typically a tomato sauce-less concoction of eggs, cheese and meat -- sort of l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Kent Rathbun: So Many Restaurants, So Little Reality TV That Doesn't "Suck"

    Courtesy of Jasper's​Kent Rathbun's résumé is too extensive to quickly gloss over. Like most chefs, Rathbun started his career as an apprentice working at La Bonne Auberge, a five-star French restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri. Rathbun then moved on to work in the kitchens of Mr. B's in Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Newest Menu Items at Leading Chains Not Designed for Teetotalers

    ​Corporate kitchens are continuing to add wine and spirits to their dishes, apparently angling for sophistication and increased perceived value. Olive Garden is now pushing a pasta dish with shellfish "sautéed in white wine" and a stew "simmered in light white wine." Red Lobster's developed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Fish Tacos Swimming in Popularity, Cali-Style

    ​Fish tacos had a banner year in 2010, but California-style tacos made with beer-battered tilapia and chipotle mayonnaise are still outpacing the grilled fish variety more commonly served in Mexico. According to a survey from industry research firm Technomic, the number of fish tacos on resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Because We Can't Go Too Long
    Without an In-N-Out Reference

    ​In-N-Out's local opening may still be months away, but fast food fans willing to drive to Austin can feast on a sandwich being touted by burger bloggers as an Animal Style alternative. 4x4 Animal Style a contributor to the website GrubGrade who presumably knows his In-N-Out patties, is calli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Taco Bell Cuts Salt. No One Notices
    Change in Taste. Surprise!

    ​Wondering why you haven't been chugging down your extra-large Taco Bell soda as quickly as you once did? It could be because the fast food chain's secretly been leaving the salt out of its recipes. As reported by Nation's Restaurant News yesterday, Taco Bell tested out its new lower-sodium m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Cold "Oatmeal" is Hot With Trendy Breakfast Eaters

    Oatmeal, once derided as dull, is now so trendy that at least one Dallas-based restaurant chain's slapped the name on a dish of uncooked rolled oats, yogurt and fruit. ​The sweet breakfast snack is officially muesli, but - after nearly a decade of name-tweaking --Corner Bakery now sells it as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Growing Number of Eaters Find Convenience Stores, Um, Convenient

    Grab-and-go eaters are increasingly patronizing convenience stores, a trend one market research group thinks could threaten fast food restaurants' traditional breakfast hour dominance. RoadfoodMcDonalds fears this sandwich (which is not available at Big E's.)​"We'll see an expansion of foodse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Kent Rathbun Offers Entrepreneurial Advice

    ​Kent Rathbun, who cracked the Neiman-Marcus Christmas catalog this year with a lobster shooter kit, has advice for other restaurateurs looking to turn their signature recipes into retail sensations. "You got to start small, and you got to think in terms of what people can use at home," Rathb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Chain Gang: Pizza Inn and Wingstop
    Adding Lots o' Links

    ​Pizza Inn and Wingstop are two DFW-based chains making some national food news. While Wingstop continues to grow at rapid speed, Pizza Inn is hoping franchise incentives and a kids-friendly concept will help propel their new prototype restaurants to success. The Colony-based pizza chain i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Chili's: Hold the Burger, Heat Up the Burrito

    ​Industry analysts say Chili's should shift its focus from burgers to burritos if the chain wants to recapture customers. Brinker International , which released its fourth quarter results today, has positioned Chili's as a family-friendly watering hole. The Associated Press reported,"Excludin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Days Gone Bite: The Riviera

    ​Seven years ago today Dallas' grand old fine dining destination was in its death throes. The Riviera would close for good in February of 2003, leaving as its legacy some of the finest chefs, restaurateurs and managers in the city.David Holben (now at Del Frisco's) and Lori Finkelman served as the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Two Restaurants Score Big This Week

    Chef Brian Luscher, one of the big winners.​Ah, bragging rights. Everyone wants to claim them, over your brother, a co-worker, the guy you battle for a parking space every morning. Now two Dallas restaurants hold them over the entire city.Nana was just inducted into the Nation's Restaurant News 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Food For Thought 5.6.09

    "Speculation that Starbucks is losing retail market share to competitors has been grossly exaggerated. Our customers are not trading down." (Howard Schultz, chairman of Starbucks, announcing lower pricing on certain items in some markets to combat slower sales. The Seattle-based chain reported a 77 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Chewing the Fat: Servers Split $270k Tip Pool

    Think your server deserved a good tip? How 'bout the manager back there chatting up that cute trainee all night? Or the chef who overcooked your burger? The question of who gets a hand on your tip dollars just cost Dallas-based Brinker International a good $270,000. The company behind Chili's and Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Food For Thought: 3.18.09

    "Our average check is lower, but transactions are up 10 to 15 percent." (John Hurley, owner of Garibaldi's Restaurant in Oakland, CA, on the value of a prix-fixe menu. According to Nation's Restaurant News, fine dining restaurants are increasingly turning to multi-course, set price dinners to combat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Food For Thought 3.12.09

    "The good news for the restaurant industry is that consumers typically get hungry about every four to five hours, generally three times a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year." (Bob Derrington, securities analyst with Morgan Keegan & Co., on the ability of restaurants to weather nasty little ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 25, 2004

    Purring Gears

    The upscale casual Houston's is a well-oiled machine

  • News

    March 21, 2002

    Everybody Loves Romano

    How can Phil Romano, the "Steven Spielberg of the food business," become even more successful? By opening more restaurants, making more money--and feeding the homeless.

  • Dining

    June 7, 2001

    Cheesy Lulu

    Texadelphia finds a new home on McKinney

  • News

    December 21, 2000

    Slaughterhouse Jive

    Dallas-based Supreme Beef fought what it believes are unfair regulations, only to wind up on the USDA's killing floor

  • News

    January 6, 2000

    Fallen star

    How greed, incompetence, and allegations of fraud sank Dallas' FoodStar Restaurant Group

  • Dining

    July 2, 1998
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    June 4, 1998
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    March 6, 1997

    Stealing home

    Cutting-edge grocery City Harvest does home-cooking for busy Cliff-hangers

  • News

    September 19, 1996
  • Dining

    May 23, 1996

    Pure delight

    At Majella's and Palayok, you'll get your Filipino of fine imported flavors

  • Dining

    October 26, 1995

    Princess for a day

    Don your rhinestone tiara: The Pyramid's prix-fixe dinner is the best deal in town