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Kim Malek pushes all her chips in for Salt & Straw

The fast-growing ice cream chain with the unique flavors has recovered from a “nightmare” behind a founder who spent 16 years formulating the idea and put in everything to get it started.

Technology

Restaurant tech giant Toast files for IPO

The Boston-based software provider plans to raise $100 million and take advantage of investor demand for industry technology.

A survey of about 5,300 small businesses reveals that the delta strain of coronavirus has landlords waiting and operators worried.

Concepts selling smoothies, salads and nutritionally balanced bowls topped the latest Buzzworthy Brands ranking, positioning themselves for swift post-pandemic growth.

The fast casual’s switch to a 100% franchised model turned into a silver lining that’s spurring expansion.

Under the pilot program, restaurants converted from a pre-existing dining establishment can use the safety approvals granted to the concepts they replace. The shift is expected to cut two weeks out of the opening process.

As the industry takes another big step toward more automation, consumers are holding back.

The franchisees who’ve started their own locations have made changes to help them make money, which they couldn’t do as part of a franchise, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Indications are mounting that the answer is yes, though no proposal has been formally introduced. Speculation abounds as to when it would happen.

The fast-casual chain said it spent two years perfecting the vegan sausage crumble with Plantly.

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