Vintage Capital Management has officially bid to buy Red Robin Gourmet Burgers for $40 per share, regulatory filings show. Red Robin said it will consider the proposal from the private-equity firm, which already owns an 11.6% stake in the company.
Attendees at the School Nutrition Association's conference learned about how to update old menu staples, such as pizza and chicken nuggets, with reduced-sodium versions and new foods, including ramen and Parmesan-crusted fish nuggets. Reginald Ross, president-elect of the SNA, said an emerging trend is offering spice stations, so students can add the flavors they prefer to their food.
A number of new laws in Maine are affecting the state's school nutrition programs. Among them are an after-school snack program and protections for students with unpaid meal debt, including a requirement that schools contact parents, instead of students, about the fees.
News that Lululemon's newest flagship features a restaurant resonated with SmartBrief readers this week, as did a deal by Chili's franchisee ERJ Dining to sell 116 units back to Brinker International. The popularity of $20 pints of Perfect Day Ice Cream, which sold out a few hours after launching, topped this week's top 10.
Trade groups including the National Restaurant Association and the National Retail Federation have voiced opposition to a bill approved by the House this week that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. "H.R. 582 is the wrong wage at the wrong time, implemented in the wrong way," said the National Restaurant Association's Sean Kennedy.
California lawmakers have passed a measure designed to make it easier for restaurants to allow patrons to use their own reusable cups and dishes. The law clarifies that eateries aren't obliged to allow guests to use their own containers, and they have no responsibility to clean customers' dishes.
Jalapeno peppers, spinach and melons are three foods that can promote cooling and hydration on hot summer days, says registered dietitian Grace Derocha. Spicy foods can lead to thermogenesis, which prompts the body to cool down, and melon and spinach have water for hydration, Derocha says, adding that meat is difficult to digest and raises the body's temperature.
A West Virginia school district recently celebrated as it served the 30,000th free meal to students this summer. Rhonda McCoy, the district's food services director, said that summer meals for students who need them are important and that "hunger does not take a vacation."
New England is home to a large Portuguese-American population, which has given rise to restaurants that blend American and Portuguese traditions for a new kind of cuisine. Portugalia Marketplace in Fall River, Mass., offers nostalgic foods that are familiar to people who emigrated from Portugal in the 1960s, as well as more modern Portuguese exports such as tinned sardines.
British desserts are carving out a niche on New York City menus. Augustine serves a trifle that boasts layers including rhubarb compote and basil cake, while Cherry Point offers up a citrus posset topped with shards of meringue flavored with Earl Grey tea.
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