Why Diners are Visiting These Hot Casual Dining Concepts Instead of Chili’s and Applebee’s

Why Diners are Visiting These Hot Casual Dining Concepts Instead of Chili’s and Applebee’s

You’re in luck data hungry marketers and operators, Foodable Labs decided to do a deep data dive and highlight the Top 25 Hot Casual Dining Concepts to kick-off 2018.

In the past couple of months, traditional casual dining brands, like Applebee’s and Chilli’s, have been experiencing a decline in sales due to decreased millennial foot-traffic. All the while, a new generation of upscale casual dining brands are picking up slack and gaining new customers.

So why are diners choosing to eat at these establishments versus the former casual dining staples?

These concepts have been able to forge a connection with the local communities they serve— not only through community outreach, but also through their menus.

Learn about two popular brands included in the casual dining report, which is available for download, here!

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Why Some Casual Dining Chains Are Testing Delivery-Only Restaurants

Why Some Casual Dining Chains Are Testing Delivery-Only Restaurants

Restaurant chains like Outback Steakhouse and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers are turning some locations into “restaurant pods,” or kitchens dedicated to create order for delivery only.

Red Robin’s vice president of innovation, Jason Rusk, cites increasing labor costs as the main reason behind the move. The casual dining chain currently has one location in Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue that has been converted into a commissary to test out the delivery-only facility concept.

“Labor costs across the country are going up, and that’s clearly putting pressure on all restaurants… Ideally, we’d like to go into low-rent warehouse spaces with our delivery concept,” Rusk told the “New York Post.”

Bloomin’ Brands, owner of Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba’s Italian Grill, opened its second delivery-only restaurant in Florida this month offering a combined menu of the two restaurant concepts. The company plans to open three more delivery-only restaurants in the same state by early 2018.

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