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NRN editors discuss John Cywinski’s new job, In-N-Out’s move to the east coast and the ICR Conference

Plus, hear from Tropical Smoothie Café’s chief marketing officer Deborah von Kutzleben


This week on the Extra Serving podcast, an award-winning product of Nation’s Restaurant News, NRN editors Holly Petre, Sam Oches, and Leigh Anne Zinsmeister spoke about John Cywinski’s departure from Applebee’s and his new job at Modern Restaurant Concepts.

Last week, John Cywinski left his position as president of Applebee’s, and this week he announced he would be taking on a new role as CEO of Modern Restaurant Concepts, parent to Qdoba, Modern Market Eatery and Lemonade. The team discussed what this move could mean and what’s up next for Modern Restaurant Concepts with Cywinski at the helm.

Next, the team discussed In-N-Out’s possible move to the east coast. After announcing that it would be opening a new territory office in Tennessee this week along with approximate dates for the chain’s openings in that state, the world went wild thinking there could be In-N-Out on the east coast. The group discussed if this is indeed a bridge to the east coast for In-N-Out and the possible oversaturation of the brand if it does come east.

Finally, the editors wrapped up the ICR Conference. The annual conference usually produces some interesting news from big chains, and this year was no different. The editors discussed their takeaways.

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