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WaBa Grill’s quest to have the fastest service time in the restaurant industry

Plus, NRN editors talk vaccine requirements, Panera Brands and CREATE


This week on the Extra Serving podcast, Nation’s Restaurant News associate editor Joanna Fantozzi, digital editor Holly Petre and editor-in-chief Sam Oches get together to discuss the news about JAB Holding forming Panera Brands, merging Panera Bread, Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels. The news broke right recording time, and the NRN editors share their honest and unfiltered opinions on the move. The three also talk about the prevalent issue of vaccination requirements.

And Oches speaks about CREATE, the event happening live and in person Oct. 4 – 6 in Denver. You can register for CREATE at to join Fantozzi, Petre, Oches and the rest of the NRN staff in person.

Then, Mark Finnegan, chief marketing and technology officer at WaBa Grill, joins Fantozzi to discuss the chain’s speedy orders and how it accomplishes that speed. The two also cover what makes WaBa stand out from it quick-service competitors and how healthful food fits into the restaurant landscape.

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