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This podcast will share ideas from restaurant innovators on leadership, food trends, technology and how to thrive in this tough industry that we can’t get enough of.

Extra Serving Nation's Restaurant News

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This podcast will share ideas from restaurant innovators on leadership, food trends, technology and how to thrive in this tough industry that we can’t get enough of.

    NRN editors discuss restaurant unions, the Boston Market walkout, celebrity endorsements and the sale of Velvet Taco

    NRN editors discuss restaurant unions, the Boston Market walkout, celebrity endorsements and the sale of Velvet Taco

    This week on the Extra Serving podcast, Holly Petre, Sam Oches and Bret Thorn discussed the re-emergence of unions in the restaurant industry. The latest news comes from Tudors Biscuit World, a W. Va.-based chain where workers in one unit claimed managers called the police when they attempted to call a meeting to discuss majority union support. And the Starbucks unionization attempts at several upstate New York locations have seen increased tensions between the unions and the chain ahead of next week’s vote.
    Also, the team talked about the Thanksgiving Boston Market walkout and what it means for the restaurant industry. Is this a symptom of the labor situation across restaurants, and do other chains need to pay attention? Will this bring about better working conditions? Find out what the NRN editors think in the episode.
    Finally, the NRN editors discussed the sale of Velvet Taco. The fast-casual taco chain was sold earlier this week, but the team was more interested in talking about what a cool brand Velvet Taco is and the growing chain’s potential. That lead to a conversation about celebrity endorsements in the restaurant industry related to Velvet Taco’s marketing.
    Also in this episode, hear an interview with the dietician and executive chef of Woworks, Katie Cavuto, where she talks about the benefits of exhaling.
    Also, here’s a link to Bret’s “meat sweats” mentioned in the podcast if you want to experience it firsthand.

    • 58 min
    NRN editors discuss Fat Brands’ series of acquisitions, MOD’s plans to go public and RBI’s purchase of Firehouse Subs

    NRN editors discuss Fat Brands’ series of acquisitions, MOD’s plans to go public and RBI’s purchase of Firehouse Subs

     This week on the Extra Serving podcast, NRN editors Holly Petre, Sam Oches and Joanna Fantozzi discussed the planned acquisition of Firehouse Subs by Restaurant Brands International. The team covered what this additional brand can do for the RBI portfolio that already includes Popeyes, Tim Hortons and Burger King.  What does it mean that the group has acquired a sandwich brand? Are they trying to compete with Subway?
    Also, the team discussed MOD Pizza’s plans to go public. The fast-casual pizza brand filed initial paperwork to go public but has yet to make a comment on the news. The NRN team talks about what it means that yet another chain has chosen to go public during this historic year for restaurant IPOs. 
    Lastly, NRN editors spoke about the latest acquisition from Fat Brands. The team discusses what it means that Fat Brands has made four major acquisitions in the past five months and what could be next for the restaurant company on a tear.
    Be sure to check back at NRN.com in early December for Fantozzi’s full analysis of Fat Brands.
    This week’s interview is with Roy Rogers’ vice president of franchising Gregg Koffler. Koffler spoke with Fantozzi about the chain’s new franchising strategy and what’s up next for the iconic brand.

    • 40 min
    CEO of First Watch Chris Tomasso on the brand’s first public earnings

    CEO of First Watch Chris Tomasso on the brand’s first public earnings

    This week, the NRN editors discussed the latest collaboration between McDonald’s and a celebrity: Mariah Carey. The Queen of Christmas partnered with the quick-service giant for a set of deals leading up to Christmas. This collaboration differs from most of the brand’s celebrity collaborations as there is no special meal or merchandise, just discounts on items already on the menu.
    Also, the editors discussed whether In-N-Out will go to Florida. The editors came to an early consensus, but the deeper issue is what this call between Gov. DeSantis and Lysni Synder will do for the brand’s reputation. What does it mean that In-N-Out appears to be more public than ever about this controversial issue? The editors discuss it all.
    Finally, the team talks about the big news this week which was that Danny Meyer’s SPAC is investing in Panera Brands and helping it go public.
    For the guest this week, Ron Ruggless spoke with the CEO of First Watch Chris Tomasso about the brand’s first public earnings.

    • 39 min
    CEO of Portillo’s, Michael Osanloo, on the brand's debut on the NYSE

    CEO of Portillo’s, Michael Osanloo, on the brand's debut on the NYSE

    This week on the Extra Serving podcast from the Last Bite Network, a production of Nation’s Restaurant News and Restaurant Hospitality, NRN editors Ron Ruggless, Holly Petre and Sam Oches discuss the second week of earnings. The long list of brands that reported since the last podcast taping on Friday included Cheesecake Factory, Starbucks, Wingstop, Papa John’s and Ruth’s Chris to name a few. The NRN editors analyze what the earnings could mean for the industry including the potential for a casual dining renaissance and what it means that some brands that saw pandemic growth are still growing in sales.
    Also, the team discusses the acquisition of Fazoli’s by FAT Brands and what it means that the company appears to be on a buying hot streak. 
    Finally, the episode rounds out with Ron Ruggless’ interview with the CEO of Portillo’s, Michael Osanloo. The two spoke just after Portillo’s went public and rang the bell at the NYSE.

    • 36 min
    Matt King, chief culinary officer of PPX Hospitality Brands, joins the podcast

    Matt King, chief culinary officer of PPX Hospitality Brands, joins the podcast

    This week, NRN editors Holly Petre, Leigh Anne Zinsmeister and Sam Oches discussed the start of earnings season. This week, some of the heavy hitters reported, including McDonald’s, Starbucks, Yum Brands and Noodles & Company. The team at NRN chats about what the positive same-store sales numbers mean for the industry. 
    Plus, news broke this week that Starbucks is giving employees another pay increase – the third in 15 months. What does this mean for the industry amid Starbucks’ quarterly earnings? Tune in to hear what the team has to say.
    Also, amid the announcement that Jack in the Box would be partnering with college athletes, the team at NRN discusses how the new NIL (name, image, likeness) laws have impacted the athletes and this new world of sponsorships from restaurants looking for the next LeBron James.
    Then, Bret Thorn is joined by Matt King, chief culinary officer of PPX Hospitality Brands, for this week’s interview. The two discuss culinary innovation at PPX Hospitality, which includes Legal Sea Foods and Smith & Wollensky.

    CEO of Joe and the Juice Thomas Nørøxe on the brand's stateside growth

    CEO of Joe and the Juice Thomas Nørøxe on the brand's stateside growth

    This week, NRN editors Holly Petre, Joanna Fantozzi and editor in chief Sam Oches discussed In-N-Out’s stance on vaccine mandates. Last week, the chain was forced to close its only San Francisco store by health inspectors after refusing customers entry who could not provide proof of vaccination, a San Francisco law. The chain’s lawyers responded, leaving the very private company open to criticism over its vaccination stance where it refused to police its customers.
    Also, the team discussed the announcement from McDonald’s that the corporate team had achieved equal pay across all genders and ethnicities. What does this mean for the rest of the industry? Well, as Sam Oches put it “by the time McDonald’s is doing something, everybody should follow suit.”
    Lastly, the team covered Joanna Fantozzi’s story on how companies are coping with the labor crisis which can be found here. They discussed the creative ways some restaurants are coming up with solutions and what restaurants can do to attract more employees during this crisis.
    For this week’s interview, Fantozzi spoke with the CEO of Joe and the Juice about the chain’s upcoming national expansion.

    • 40 min

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