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NRN editors discuss restaurant CEO changes and the 2021 Hot Concepts

Plus, hear from Kirk Biondi, the head of menu development at Huddle House


This week, Nation’s Restaurant News editors discusses the biggest news of the week: CEO changes. Chick-fil-A and KFC both named new chief executives, while the CEO of Dave & Buster’s retired with no replacement named. The team chats about what the future of these companies could hold with someone new at the helm. After recording, the CEO of Carrols Restaurant Group announced his retirement too.

Also, the team discusses the 2021 Hot Concepts, which were announced earlier this week. The class of Hot Concepts — emerging chains with bright futures — includes Agave & Rye, Slutty Vegan, Dave’s Hot Chicken, Everytable and Zalat Pizza. The team talks about what it means that this class isn’t traditional by any means and what the future of the restaurant industry holds.

Plus, senior editor Bret Thorn speaks with the director of menu development for Huddle House, Kirk Biondi. The two covered how to name menu items, what ingredients mean and some of the recent innovations that have come out of Huddle House.

Be sure to register for CREATE so you can catch Khalilah Cooper, Monty Moran and more at the show.

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