Chipotle Mexican Grill will test robotic tortilla chip maker

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Chipotle is testing out an autonomous kitchen assistant, Chippy, which offers a robotic solution for making chips in restaurants. Courtesy: Chipotle Chipotle Mexican Grill is moving one step closer to having a robot make its tortilla chips. The burrito chain said Tuesday that it will test “Chippy,” an autonomous kitchen […]

High praise for the tacos and tostadas at Mezcal

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Ferndale finally has a Mexican bar and restaurant, and like the city itself, it’s super fun and colorful. Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen debuted on Nine Mile this spring, just east of the heart of downtown Ferndale, a destination for folks from all over Metro Detroit to dine out and […]

Cracker Barrel struggles with traffic and inflation

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Cracker Barrel is trying to offset its recent traffic challenges brought on by inflation and difficulties in getting a major demographic (65+ adults) back in the door post-COVID by raising prices. According to the company’s latest earnings release for the fourth quarter ended July 29, Cracker Barrel raised prices about […]

West Bend restaurant destroyed in fire

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A fire destroyed the Braising Pan Restaurant in West Bend early Thursday morning. Firefighters got the call from a cleaning person at 1:14 a.m. that smoke was coming from the restaurant.The West Bend Fire Department said conditions rapidly deteriorated, and they were forced to get out of the building and […]

Why a top tier loyalty program works

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Welcome to First Bite, a Nation’s Restaurant News podcast, your daily source of news from NRN hosted by Holly Petre. Today, we’re talking about P.F Chang’s new loyalty program. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. is updating its loyalty rewards with a subscription-based loyalty program called Platinum Rewards, the company announced this […]

6 opened, 6 coming soon, 4 closed, others changing ownership

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RachelBakes & Co has officially opened its doors at its new location in Centerville’s Cross Pointe Shopping Center. After almost five years in Beavercreek, bakery owner Rachel Owens previously told Dayton.com she decided to move to the shopping center for more space. When she opened her business on North Fairfield […]