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How emerging chain Wayback Burgers is upping its design game – and making franchisees more money

Plus NRN editors discuss Sweetgreen’s acquisition of Spyce, Taco Bell’s new chicken sandwich and executive changes in restaurants’ C-suites



This week, Patrick Conlin, president of Wayback Burgers, joins senior editor Joanna Fantozzi on Extra Serving, a podcast from Nation’s Restaurant News and the Last Bite Network. The two spoke about the emerging chain’s growth plans and the remodeling project that led to the nearly 40% growth in same-store sales the chain reported for the first half of 2021.

Plus, editor-in-chief Sam Oches, digital editor Holly Petre and Fantozzi discuss the acquisition of automated restaurant Spyce by fast-casual chain Sweetgreen and what it means for the future of robotic foodservice; executive changes across some of the largest chains; and Taco Bell’s latest menu addition.

Be sure to also check out the latest episode of Take-Away with Sam Oches, where Oches speaks with the new CEO of Duck Donuts, Betsy Hamm, about the chain's future with her at the helm.

Also from the Last Bite Network, catch up on all In the Kitchen with Bret Thorn episodes, including last week’s episode with both the CEO and the co-founder of Mici Handcrafted Italian.

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