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NRN's Golden Anniversary: 50 years of restaurant innovation

NRN celebrates its 50th anniversary with a look back at the industry.

For 50 years, Nation’s Restaurant News has earned its place as the most influential media brand for restaurant industry news, analysis and data aimed at helping foodservice businesses both large and small succeed.

Founded in 1966, the brand has grown to a truly multimedia operation, with the largest and leading magazine and digital offerings. Throughout that history, the editors and publishers have successfully worked to remain essential to restaurant operators, CEOs, chefs and entrepreneurs.

The legacy of the founders and early editors and publishers has been carefully carried on by today’s team — the best in the business — and those committed to bringing NRN into its next 50 years.

NRN’s GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: A CELEBRATION

From the editor: Happy birthday, Nation's Restaurant News >>

Timeline: Defining moments that shaped the foodservice industry >>

MUFSO attendees recognize NRN’s 50th anniversary >>

50 YEARS OF RESTAURANT INNOVATION

50 years of game-changing food >>

Restaurants that stand the test of time​ >>

11 events that built franchising >>

10 innovations that transformed restaurants >>

Demand for menu transparency has deep roots >>

A LOOK AHEAD: THE NEXT 50 YEARS

7 predictions for the next 50 years in the restaurant industry​ >>

6 strategies to operate a long-running restaurant chain​ >>

50 YEARS OF LEADERSHIP

NRN honors 5 decades of foodservice leadership >>

Looking back at Golden Chain winners​ >>

11 culinary pioneers that influenced American food​ >>

Meet the past and present Norman Award Winners >>

Hot Concepts 1995: A look back at the first honorees >>

LESSONS FROM LEGACY CHAINS

Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken: 50 years of embracing technological change >>

Nathan’s celebrates 100 years with multiplatform promotions >>

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit celebrates 75 years by focusing on its heritage >>

KFC marketing comes full circle >>

The Palm celebrates 90 years in the family >>

Photos used in JuxtaposeJS courtesy of Jack in the Box, McDonald’s, IHOP and Dunkin’ Donuts

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