The Chaser: Restaurant News

// By Jordan Brydges // , Jan 17, 2020

Topics: Restaurant Management

Grubhub looks to partner up, Starbucks opens community-based stores and influential English beer styles. 

 

Grubhub Considers Consolidation

 

Source: Nation's Restaurant News

 

Once again Grubhub is in the news, and this time it's looking for a partner.  After denying rumors of selling, Grubhub stated: “We believe that given the current pressure on profits across our public and private competition, there will likely be strategic opportunities to acquire share this year— given that our profitability is secure.”  Customers love having options, and in 2019 there were more third-party delivery platforms than ever, breaking any loyalty customers once had to Grubhub leaving them to look to consolidate.

 

Starbucks Creates More Community-Based Stores

 

Source: Nation's Restaurant News

 

Starbucks announced it will be expanding its community outreach initiative, opening 100 stores by 2025 in what they call "opportunity zones" to boost economic for low-income neighborhoods.  These stores will be partnering with local chapters of United Way to facilitate community programs, each addressing issues relative to the community to make a meaningful impact.

 

English Beer Influences U.S. Bars

 

Source: Nation's Restaurant News

 

When we think of beer and drinking culture, the U.K. might not be the first that comes to mind, but the pub culture and numerous beer styles have shaped the industry and introduced new styles of beer.  From happy hour to sports bars, the pub culture has set the tone for American bars; another thing the U.K. set the standard for: session beers - full flavor, lower-ABV meant to enjoy over a longer time period of drinking.  Along with session beers, England also brought us many other beer styles including: bitters, mild, brown, old ales, stouts, porters and pale ales.  English-brewed old ales and barleywines are incredibly popular, with an ABV above 7% and a range of complex flavors, Americans beer aficionados are looking for beers and styles they cannot get from U.S. Breweries.   

 

More Headlines This Week 

 

Spirit Sales Outpace Beer and Wine in U.S. Off-Trade

 

How the CEO of Chipotle Was Named 2020 Restaurant Leader of the Year

 

3 Restaurant Trends That Will Dominate the Next Decade

 

Labor Department Issues Final Joint-Employer Rule

 

The Dark-Side of Compostable Containers

 

Cheesecake Factory's New Restaurant Empire

Jordan Brydges

About the author, Jordan Brydges

Jordan is a marketing intern at Backbar and a business student studying marketing. She has been working in the restaurant industry for 8 years and developed a passion for cooking and a love of red wine.

Take the next step to simplify bar inventory with Backbar

Get it in the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Replace spreadsheets with a flexible platform that connects each step of inventory management. From taking counts to costing drinks, Backbar helps you strengthen your bar program.

Sign Up Free