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Stress, Anxiety, Loneliness: How This Entrepreneur Lost Himself and Bounced Back Stronger
Brian Bordainick built a $16 million company in less than two years. At one point in his journey, Bordainick 'snapped' and he had to work to get his feet back on the ground.
5 Ways to Work Harder, Courtesy of a Beijing Restaurateur
An overseas trip provides some insights about how an entrepreneur can prevail in realizing his dreams.

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This Startup
Leadership

This Startup's Secret Sauce: Employees First, Customers Second

Dinner Lab, which hosts pop-up dinners in overlooked, underused spaces across the country, empowers its staff with an important sense of ownership.
This New Orleans Startup Is Turning the Tables on the Restaurant Industry
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This New Orleans Startup Is Turning the Tables on the Restaurant Industry

New Orleans-based meal-experience company Dinner Lab depends on participants giving their honest feedback on every course.
French Court Sides With Business Owner Over Negative Online Review
Business News

French Court Sides With Business Owner Over Negative Online Review

The decision creates a new crime of 'being too highly ranked' on a search engine, the blogger says.

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How 3 Franchise Owners Came Back From Disaster
Success Stories

How 3 Franchise Owners Came Back From Disaster

When times got tough, these franchisees held their ground and didn't look back.
Two Men and a Truck
Success Stories

Two Men and a Truck's Bumpy Road to Franchise Success

Inside the 20-year journey of the successful moving franchise.
Why Box Buddies Founder Handed Over the Reins to Work as a Franchisee
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Why Box Buddies Founder Handed Over the Reins to Work as a Franchisee

This franchise founder bounced back from hardships the first time around and found success at his own speed.
The Melting Pot Looks to Diversity to Grow its Franchise
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The Melting Pot Looks to Diversity to Grow its Franchise

Fondue franchise broadens its reach to new communities to expand its corporate office and franchisees.
The Making of a Multi-Unit Franchise Maven
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The Making of a Multi-Unit Franchise Maven

Don't just hang up a single sign--build an empire. Here's how one franchisee did it.

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Soon, Applebee
Technology

Soon, Applebee's May Be Asking You to Put Your Phone Away

The casual-dining giant wants you to play and pay with its shiny, new tablets. Not yours, and specifically not on Tuesdays. Check, please.
Controversial Reservation
The 'Treps

Controversial Reservation 'Scalping' Site Rethinks Its Mission

A startup that allows customers to pay for restaurant reservations is doing a 'soft pivot' following outrage from the restaurant industry.
Food Truck Fare Is Getting Pricier. Here
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Food Truck Fare Is Getting Pricier. Here's Why.

Food trucks saw a boom in the recession, but as competition has grown so have the costs for consumers.
Aim for a Big Bite of the Restaurant Market With These 7 Steps to a Successful Launch
Starting a Business

Aim for a Big Bite of the Restaurant Market With These 7 Steps to a Successful Launch

There's no secret sauce for making a new eatery profitable but careful planning surely helps.
Startup Aims to Meet Tech Challenges of Dining Industry
Technology

Startup Aims to Meet Tech Challenges of Dining Industry

Red Book Connect's solutions for the four biggest issues restaurants face are already embraced by large numbers of businesses.
Priceline Snaps Up OpenTable for $2.6 Billion in Cash
Business News

Priceline Snaps Up OpenTable for $2.6 Billion in Cash

The acquisition, expected to close later this year, represents the online travel company;s initial foray into the dining industry.
Our Top Food Franchises
Franchises

Our Top Food Franchises

Quick-service and full-service restaurants plus retail food businesses accounted for over one quarter of our top franchises for 2014, proving that food franchises are a healthy business.
Could Rising Costs Mean the End of Craft Beer Brewers?
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Could Rising Costs Mean the End of Craft Beer Brewers?

With the increased price of hops, craft beer makers could end up being sold to beverage giants.
Facebook Lets Restaurants Post Menus to Pages; Yelp Announces New Video Feature
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Facebook Lets Restaurants Post Menus to Pages; Yelp Announces New Video Feature

Facebook's new feature is a direct jab at competitors like Yelp.
15 Etiquette Rules for Dining at Fancy Restaurants
Lifestyle

15 Etiquette Rules for Dining at Fancy Restaurants

Beyond common sense, these suggestions outline the more nuanced details when eating at nicer restaurants.
Done Deal: Red Lobster Restaurant Chain Sold for $2.1 Billion
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Done Deal: Red Lobster Restaurant Chain Sold for $2.1 Billion

Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm with experience in the restaurant industry, picks up the casual dining seafood chain from Darden Restaurants, Inc.
12 Restaurants Capitalizing on the Anti-Fast Food Revolution
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12 Restaurants Capitalizing on the Anti-Fast Food Revolution

It takes creativity to engineer a menu of fresh ingredients and healthy dishes – and then use that as the base of a successful business. Here are nutritious concepts transforming the fast-casual kitchen.
How Six Immigrant Entrepreneurs Transformed Dreams Into Businesses
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How Six Immigrant Entrepreneurs Transformed Dreams Into Businesses

They came to the U.S. from China, Grenada, India, Haiti, Nigeria and the former Soviet Union. Now they own businesses in food service and product sales -- and helping other startups. See how they landed launch capital and met challenges.
From Independent Business Owner to Franchisee
Franchises

From Independent Business Owner to Franchisee

Don Robinson has been an independent restaurant owner -- twice -- but has come to the realization that being a franchisee plays to his strengths.
Mistakes to Avoid When Running Your Bar
Starting a Business

Mistakes to Avoid When Running Your Bar

An insider's look at the kinds of problems you may encounter--and how to overcome them--on your quest to operate a successful bar

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