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Taco Bell Overtakes Burger King as the Fourth-Largest U.S. Chain

Sales at Mexican restaurant rose 5 percent, Technomic says. Burger King has lost ground to some of its biggest rivals, (Bloomberg)

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Updates to Google Trips App Makes Searching for Hotels Easier

As I mentioned in my Google Travel post, Google may already be your go-to for searching for plane tickets. And now Google has announced new features when searching for hotels on your smartphone. (Forbes)

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Wendy’s Sets its Compass for Fast-Food Burger Domination

New store designs. Value. Kiosks, delivery, and more. Wendy’s has a three-year plan to rule one of the nation’s most competitive categories. (QSR)

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Subway Turns to $2-Off Loyalty Program to Reverse Slump

Program is expanding to most U.S. and Canadian stores in March. Chain is facing steep fast-food discounts, newer restaurants. (Bloomberg)

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Weekly Update: Washington Hospitality Says “No!” to Capital Gains Tax

Washington Hospitality Says “No!” to Capital Gains Tax This week, Democrats in the House and Senate released their budget proposals. The Senate Budget proposal does not include any new taxes,

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Airbnb reveals new hotel-like service called Airbnb Plus

Airbnb has announced a new hotel-like tier of service on its platform that the company is calling Airbnb Plus. The news went live today on Airbnb’s website in conjunction with a story in The New York Times ahead of a big reveal event in San Francisco this morning. (The Verge)

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Consumers’ changing tastes, habits shake up cocktail trends

The evolution of the craft cocktail movement, desire for simpler ingredients and rising interest in alcohol-free beverages are giving rise to new cocktail trends. A “back-to-basics” approach will prevail at bars this year as bartenders turn away from the overly complicated drinks popularized in the early stages of the craft cocktail movement, the Observer reported. (SmartBrief)

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Certification program identifies “ear-friendly” eateries

Seattle-based Lend an Ear has created a certification program to help consumers who have trouble hearing find “ear-friendly” restaurants. The program evaluates restaurants on factors including the use of noise-reducing design features, willingness to turn down the music and the availability of quiet spaces. (Pizza Marketplace)

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Domino’s won’t let anyone else deliver its pizza

As rival chains consider outsourcing pizza deliveries, Domino’s Pizza is taking a hard stand: Only its employees will take those much-desired pies to customers’ doors. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-base pizza giant isn’t interested in engaging the services of companies like Uber Eats, DoorDash and Lyft, as many in the fast-food world have done, CEO J. Patrick Doyle told analysts earlier this week. (USA Today)

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Eye on Hospitality (Great Food, Better Lives)

By Paul Schlienz  Hospitality serves communities, and it often transforms lives.  If you want to see a perfect example of the hospitality industry’s ability to improve lives, look no further

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5 Admin Tasks Sinking Your Restaurant Manager (and How to Stay Afloat)

By Guv CallahanFebruary 16, 2018 Hot Schedules OpX Roadshow  How much time do restaurant managers spend doing administrative work? Between payroll, ordering, inspections and a mess of other paperwork, it’s easy

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Hotel CEOs talk security, technology and room service

2017 posed new and old challenges for the hotel industry. Issues of security emerged after a gunman opened fire on a crowd in Las Vegas from his hotel room. (USA Today)

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Global fusion dishes are a flexible way to serve up international cuisine

Global foods and flavors are increasingly in demand at US restaurants. Diners are in search of new and exciting dishes, and chefs, restaurants and food brands are finding ways to make them more accessible. (SmartBrief)

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The Jewish deli gets a makeover

Jewish deli cuisine is the latest classic genre to see a revival, thanks in part to the heightened importance of the story behind the food. Serving towering sandwiches of corned beef and pastrami, hot bowls of matzoh ball soup, potato pancakes, and sometimes an array of smoked fish, these traditional gathering places have had their ups and downs over the years, sometimes opening in large numbers and at other times quietly fading away. (Restaurant Hospitality)

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Domino’s flexes new sales muscle in supply chain

Domino’s Pizza opened 1,045 new units last year and booked sales of $12.2 billion, surpassing rival Pizza Hut’s $12 billion in sales. The company’s growing size gives it an increased ability to negotiate better deals from suppliers, said Chief Executive Officer and President J. Patrick Doyle said. (Nation’s Restaurant News)