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Red Robin pledges to refocus on everyday value

First quarter disappoints, but innovation will rebuild traffic, officials say

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. same-store sales plunged 2.6 percent in the first quarter, driven by a 4.1-percent decline in guest counts, the company said Tuesday.

A 1.5-percent increase in average check, however, offset the decline in traffic. 

In a call with analysts, executives blamed efforts to use promotions to compete in the volatile casual-dining segment. 

“Many of our casual-dining peers were similarly challenged,” said Steve Carley

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