Author Archives: Mike Pallerino

Franchisee Tasty Restaurant Group grows by 37 Pizza Hut units

Los Angeles-based Tasty Restaurant Group has acquired 37 franchised Pizza Hut locations in Northern Virginia and West Virginia. Read the Nation’s Restaurant News story here

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Dallas landmark takes on new life as a Kimpton hotel

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has transformed a downtown Dallas landmark into The Pittman Hotel, named for the building’s original architect, William Pittman. The 1916 structure has been restored and updated with a new tower. Read the Wallpaper story here

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In-N-Out Burger’s Colorado’s debut draws long line at the drive-thru

In-N-Out Burger opened its first two restaurants in Colorado last week, creating a frenzy with fans waiting anywhere from nine to 12 hours to get their hands on the brand’s famous Double Double. Read the Nation’s Restaurant News story here

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Guitar Center to keep stores open as it reorganizes

Guitar Center filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization with a plan to keep its stores up and running while cutting about $800 million in debt. The company is the largest US retailer of musical instruments, with about 300 namesake stores …

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Columbus, Ohio airport lands its first extended-stay hotel

First Hospitality has opened the 122-key Residence Inn by Marriott Columbus Airport. The property is the first extended stay hotel at John Glenn Columbus International Airport, that also acted as partner for the development, together with Rockbridge Capital. Read the …

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Torchy’s Tacos wins new investors with plan to grow to 10 more states

Torchy’s Tacos has completed a new fundraise, bringing in several new investment firms to its ownership group to fuel a rapid expansion that could more than double its unit count by 2024. Read the Restaurant Business online story here

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Outlet malls well-positioned despite pandemic

Outlet malls are well-positioned amid the pandemic and the associated economic disruption, as their open-air layout and evolving mix of tenants are aligned with consumer preferences. Read The Business Journals story here

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Union Square shifts to off-premises dining

Union Square Hospitality Group will close its restaurants to indoor and outdoor dining and focus on fulfilling off-premises orders, holding virtual events and preparing meals for the nonprofit Rethink Food. Read the Restaurant Hospitality online story here  

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AI tech to enhance security at Las Vegas hotel-casino

The Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is upgrading its security protocols with a multi-sensor covert threat detection platform driven by artificial intelligence. The device will alert security personnel to dangerous situations such as physical altercations or customers carrying …

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Salt Lake City airport rebuild ahead of schedule

Crews have expedited demolition of Salt Lake City International Airport, thanks to reduced air traffic, and a $4.1 billion replacement could be ready two years early, officials say. At the current rate, most of the old airport will be gone …

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