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Burger King, Shake Shack, Taco Bell redesign restaurants
posted on Sep 18 20

Stories of chains including Burger King, Taco Bell and Shake Shack rolling out restaurant redesigns for changing times caught readers’ attention this week, as did Bloomin’ Brands‘ launch of a delivery-only chicken concept. Read the SmartBrief/Food & Travel story here

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Franchisee to test Famous Dave’s, Texas T-Bone combo unit
posted on Sep 18 20

The parent of the Famous Dave’s barbecue chain is testing yet another development option by allowing a franchisee to incorporate elements of a Famous Dave’s into a Texas T-Bone Steakhouse. Read the Restaurant Business online story here

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Amazon launches latest Go Grocery in Redmond, Washington
posted on Sep 18 20

Amazon is opening its second Amazon Go Grocery store, this one in Redmond, Washington bringing its larger cashierless store format to the Seattle suburbs and the doorstep of Microsoft’s headquarters. Read the GeekWire story here

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Small Luxury Hotels unveils 3 European destinations
posted on Sep 18 20

Small Luxury Hotels of the World has opened hotels in France, Italy and Spain and plans to reopen a Maldives property in November. The 49-room Les Sources de Cheverny in the Loire Valley, the 88-room Galleria Vik Milano in Milan, the 18-room Torre Del Marques in Matarrana and the 44-room Huvafen Fushi Maldives join a portfolio of 520 hotels in more than 90 nations. Read the TravelPulse story here

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Whole Foods earns top marks for pandemic safety
posted on Sep 17 20

A recent survey showed that Whole Foods Market is No. 1 among 33 major brands when it comes to coronavirus safety practices, which included sanitizing, signage and social distancing. The grocer has been ranked first in two pandemic reports by the research firm Ipsos, which used mystery shoppers to gather data and also gave high pandemic safety grades to Trader Joe’s, ShopRite and Costco. Read the Grocery Dive story here

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