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Trending this week: The next generation of ghost kitchens is stepping out from the shadows

This week on Nation's Restaurant News the top story was NRN editors discuss TikTok reviews, the McRib’s farewell tour and Chipotle’s menu price hikes. Plus hear from Michael Pereira, the new chief operating officer at Velvet Taco.

In other news, Tijuana Flats Restaurants LLC, the 124-unit fast-casual Tex-Mex brand, has named Joe Christina as chief executive and board member, the company announced Monday.

The Orlando, Fla.-based company said Christina most recently served as CEO, president and board member at Atlanta-based Church’s Texas Chicken. He succeeds Brian Wright, who was named in September as CEO of Addison, Texas-based Bar Louie.

Also, Bloomin’ Brands Inc., parent to Outback Steakhouse and other casual-dining concepts, is updating technology in both the front and back of the house that it expects will improve service levels and food quality, executives said Friday.

The Tampa, Fla.-based company, which also owns the Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and Aussie Grill concepts, said technological investments would help wait staff and food offerings.

See what else was trending on this week. 

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