Washington, D.C.-based Clyde's Restaurant Group makes food safety training a priority at its 13 eateries, starting with regular, comprehensive training sessions in English and Spanish for everyone from chefs to receiving clerks. Sessions include special training on food allergies, and there's a dose of fun in the annual "Wash Off" contest.
Sodexo and celebrity chef Mai Pham have opened the first Star Ginger Asian Grill & Noodle Bar food truck on the University of California-Davis campus, under a 10-year licensing agreement struck earlier this year. "The concept represents how we want to eat today -- more healthfully, with a bigger focus on quality ingredients and a good measure of culinary adventure," Pham said.
A number of companies have begun launching ad campaigns that aim to speak to consumers feeling the pinch of the tight economy, including tongue-in-cheek spots for Carl's Jr. that include the line "Unlike the debt crisis, your appetite is something we can fix."
Beautiful Brands International has begun testing tri-branded eateries in two locations, in an effort to both offer something for everyone in the group and boost sales to guests who come in for one item and end up buying more. The restaurants, which combine Rex&'s Chicken, FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt and Smallcakes Cupcakery, operate as one restaurant but advertise as separate brands.
Sports stadiums and arenas across the country began adding upscale dining options about a decade ago. When a newly renovated Madison Square Garden opens this weekend, the fare will include a chicken hot dog with kimchi and spicy mustard from Jean-Georges Vongerichten and a lobster-shrimp roll from Aquagrill's Jeremy Marshall.