Columbus, Ohio-based Bob Evans Farms will explore alternatives including finding a buyer for Mimi's Cafe, the 145-unit casual dining chain it acquired eight years ago, said CEO Steve Davis. The decision comes after several years of declining same-store sales at the French-cottage-style chain.
Restaurateur Danny Meyer's New York City-based burger joint Shake Shack will open its first U.K. eatery next year, in London's Covent Garden. The concept, which began as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park, now boasts restaurants in four states, Washington, D.C., Kuwait City and Dubai.
Florida Denny's franchisee John Metz issued a statement Monday expressing regret for saying his eateries would add a separate "Obamacare" fee to the tab. The statement came after a backlash by angry customers calling for a boycott of Denny's restaurants across the country prompted the chain's CEO, John Miller, to voice his disappointment in Metz. Other franchisees say they lost business after Metz went public with his plan.
Twenty Whole Foods stores in New England are now carrying MissionRoot, a beverage with fruits and herbs used in the ancient healing practice of Ayurveda. "Even though I'm Indian and grew up in an Indian home, I ignored my heritage and didn't realize all the goodness that came from my Indian roots until I was in my early twenties," said MissionRoot founder Soham Patel. "I started MissionRoot because I wanted to incorporate that goodness into everyday living in America."
Portola Coffee is opening its first Seventh Tea Bar in December, with the goal of turning the concept into a national chain. The tea bar will sell hot and cold teas from around the world, food that pairs well with tea, and loose-leaf tea.