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Burmese Brand Sofaer Shows New Way to Revive Defunct Legacy

April 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

Yangon, Myanmar – In every city, there are dozens of historic local brands that once defined a city, but have disappeared. The challenge is that often they were retail brands named after people or families, and a revival is, seemingly, a bit challenging. The store goes, the city changes, and an identity and ecosystem is lost. […]

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Tags: Tourism

IHOP and DineEquity Inc. Prove Casual Sector

July 24th, 2009 · No Comments

SARASOTA – Many of us can recall when IHOP wasn’t cool. Somewhere between 1980 and 1990, the chain got into the category of undesirable. It was so much so that the chain became a joke; comedienne Paula Poundstone’s “IHOP: It was a dream, I made it happen” routine about working at an IHOP came to […]

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Tags: Fast Food and Franchises

Low or No Capital Ways to Start a Restaurant

June 19th, 2009 · No Comments

So you want to get in the restaurant business? What an awful time to do it. And you want to open a restaurant without capital? And you are unemployed? Your inner negative “no” says no, and people will laugh at you. You dare not tell that to the bank, or you will get laughed at. […]

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Tags: Commentary

Look to Old Regional Brands For Naming Ideas

June 15th, 2009 · No Comments

SAVANNAH – So you want to start a business, and you need a name and an idea. How about looking back, and seeing what companies were prominent in your community, and re-starting the brand? That was the route of Savannah, Georgia based Leopold’s Ice Cream, which was restarted by Stratton Leopold, a movie producer. The […]

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Tags: Commentary · Regional Brands

Village Inn Pies Are Safe

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

DENVER – Vicorp Restaurants Inc. announced today the sale of the pie restaurant Village Inn to American Blue Ribbon Holdings LLC, a new entity formed by Fidelity National Financial Inc. and Newport Global Advisors. American Blue Ribbon Holdings, LLC will own and operate the Village Inn and Bakers Square restaurant brands as well as the […]

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Tags: Fast Food and Franchises

Use Recipes to Brand Your Regional Restaurant

February 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Regional restaurants can be great brands. And the key to the longevity of your restaurant brand is developing a few signature, classic dishes that are not only loved by customers that visit, but also enter the regional vernacular. If you are curious about how to brand a regional restaurant, please read our post Tips to […]

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Tags: Regional Brands

More Tips for Struggling Restaurants

January 31st, 2009 · 3 Comments

Way to save your local restaurant It is stunning to see the number of restaurants closing, both chain and not chain. We can’t help but to think that commercial real estate brokers are going to have to make some really hard decisions. Do we sit with an empty storefront or out-parcel for three years, or […]

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Tags: News

Darden’s Olive Garden Presses On

January 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Drive Thru Restaurant Analysis? SARASOTA – Here in this retiree mecca, you can get a pretty good indication of the health of America’s restaurants as you drive down our highway strip, Tamiami Trail. Of the chains along U.S. 41, a newly opened Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) is packed, and all the fast food restaurants are […]

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Tags: Fast Food and Franchises

Jeeves, Get Me Some Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips

October 12th, 2008 · No Comments

Arthur Treacher

Who knew that Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips was still around? BrandlandUSA’s Hoosier Stringer Brian K. Stevens tells that was thinking about about Arthur Treacher’s, and found that they are still around. Says Stevens, “There used to be Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips all over the Indiana, where I live and I thought the were […]

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Tags: Fast Food and Franchises

14 Ways to Save Your Casual Service Restaurant

October 4th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Tips for restaurants in tough times VIRGINIA BEACH – It could not be a worse time for the casual restaurant sector. Chains are going bankrupt, and the ones that aren’t are struggling. Hard times for chains like Steak & Ale and Bennigan’s. And struggles for others like Pizzeria Uno, Village Inn and Denny’s. Even stalwarts […]

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Tags: Commentary · Fast Food and Franchises