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Wendy’s packs punch into smaller unit

The Wendy’s Co. is rolling out more of its smaller model, called Smart 55, debuting its most recent unit in Portsmouth, Va. “This restaurant has bold curb appeal and features a modern design inside and out,” said Andrew Krumholz, managing partner of Norfolk, Va.-based Delight Restaurant Group, the Wendy’s franchisee. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Rogers student Derek Tran goes from cooking class to top prize

Derek Tran’s rise to the top was astonishingly fast. The Rogers High School senior starting cooking only last year. Earlier this month, he was named the top culinary student in Washington as the winner of the Student of Excellence Award. The prize, which includes a $1,000 scholarship, was announced at the annual ProStart Invitational culinary competition held this year in Spokane. (Spokesman-Review)

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TripAdvisor CEO Bullish on Giving Hotels New Ad Path to Top of Listings

Hotels — 10,000 of them — have voted with their feet, or advertising budgets, that is, and are trying out TripAdvisor’s new sponsored listings program. The bottom line is the success or failure of the program will depend on how it impacts advertisers’ bottom lines. (Skift)

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How to Win Gen Z in the Restaurant Business

Don’t assume Gen Z is a younger iteration of millennials. The demographic is ready to make a different—and possibly larger—impact on the restaurant industry. (QSR)

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California judge says coffee must come with cancer warning

First french fries. Now java. A California judge has ruled against coffee retailers such as Starbucks, saying the companies must add cancer warning labels on ready-to-drink joe sold in the state, according to a report on Friday from the Associated Press. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Operators embrace coffee shop-cocktail bar hybrids

Defying the need to fit neatly into a traditional segment, a growing number of coffee shop concepts are adding cocktail bars. These restaurants are seeing benefits by serving beverages during different dayparts and to different types of customers. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Two Minute Video: What you need to know 4/2/18

Bill signing for statewide tourism marketing; tip pooling; local Hospitality Summits coming!

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Hilton Hotels’ newest upgrades are strictly for staff

Behind the graceful lobbies and elegant dining rooms of luxury hotels are the grim, windowless spaces where employees work, eat, and try to relax. Kitchens are chaotic, hallways are scuffed and cluttered, break rooms furnished with mismatched or broken chairs retired from guest rooms. (Quartz)

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Doughnuts reach a new level

Our ongoing obsession with doughnuts is enough to bring even a noted aficionado like Homer Simpson to his knees. The recent past has seen a new generation of doughnuteries open for business around the country, and they differ from the usual suspects in several ways. (Restaurant Hospitality)

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Giving food waste a second life

When consumers toss food into the trash bin, they may not think about what the item cost, how much time the manufacturer spent making the product or what it took for the farmers to grow the ingredients. Although they may think the cost is trivial, the reality is that $218 billion is spent in the US annually on food that ends up being wasted, according to data from ReFED. (SmartBrief)

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Sonic Drive-In has expanded its test of a remote ordering system that integrates with the quick-service concept’s unique carhop service format. The app-based setup enables customers to order from the closest Sonic via their smartphones and set the time of pickup. (Restaurant Business)