The NoWait application allows iOS users to find a nearby restaurant, determine the wait time to be seated and take their place in the line via their smartphones. The company is launching in the developers' hometown of Pittsburgh, with plans to roll out a nationwide app in January.
In a bid to reduce waste, Starbucks has introduced a $1 plastic tumbler that can be reused, and will give consumers a 10-cent discount when they refill the cups. The cups, which have been tested in 600 stores, have interior lines to show how high to fill them for different drink sizes.
Adam D. Tihany moved to New York City from Milan in 1975 and decided to specialize in restaurant design in 1981 after doing the architecture and interiors at La Coupole. He has spent the ensuing decades designing award-winning eateries for high-profile restaurateurs including Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud and Sirio Maccioni.
Panera Bread's founder and executive chairman Ron Shaich has taken on the title of co-CEO, which he'll share with current president and CEO Bill Moreton. Moreton, who was named CEO of the St. Louis-based fast-casual chain in 2009, will also retain his role as president, the company said.
Texas Roadhouse CEO G.J. Hart will take over the chief executive role at California Pizza Kitchen, replacing co-founders Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax. Texas Roadhouse named chairman and former chief executive W. Kent Taylor as Hart's replacement.