Legal Sea Foods has built a chain of identical eateries during the past five decades, but now the company is swimming into new waters with new concepts that break away from the mold. The new Legal Crossing at Millennium Place reflects the gritty past of its Boston neighborhood. Legal Crossing, which opens this week, was created to fit in with its upscale downtown neighbors, and Legal Oysteria in Charlestown will be a cozy Italian seafood concept.
Captain D's new menu, Subway's sustainable marketing campaign and Boston Pizza International's program to engage families put the three restaurant companies on the list of finalists for the 2014 Operator Innovation Awards. The finalists are selected by a panel of independent judges in five categories, and the winners will be announced during NRA's annual Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago in May.
Starbucks reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on Thursday, driven by an expansion of the coffee company's customer-loyalty program and rapidly growing sales of the chain's Via instant coffees. Global sales rose 8% as stores at home and abroad boosted customer counts and average check sizes.
Starbucks says its VIA instant coffee has generated sales of $100 million in the 10 months since it was introduced. "Hitting $100 million in global sales in less than a year is a terrific accomplishment," said CEO, Chairman and President Howard Schultz. "In comparison, it took our Frappuccino blended beverage business about three years to reach this level of sales."