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Digital Dining and Ghost Kitchens Gain Steam And Converts

It seems like not a day goes by that a major restaurant chain doesn’t launch a new digital-only concept store, ghost kitchen, enhanced drive-thru, curbside or delivery venture. Last week alone, Chipotle and Red Lobster both unveiled new store concepts that will cater to cautious consumers who crave the chains’ food, but not the crowds as the global pandemic continues to reshape how we work, shop and eat. In the case of the new...

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‘National Drive-Thru Day’ Symbolizes The COVID Summer

As made-up commercial holidays go, National Drive-Thru Day (July 24) is no sillier than, say, National Cherry Tart Day, which you may have missed back in June. But there’s a special relevance to celebrating the simple wonder of drive-throughs during the summer of COVID-19. Vis-à-vis reopenings, cars figure prominently into post-pandemic experiences, from food to fun, as people seek entertainment best enjoyed from inside a two-ton...

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Today In Payments: eBay Nearing Sale Of Classified Ad Division; Lollapalooza Co-Founder: No Concerts Until 2022

In today’s top news, eBay is near a sale of its classified ad division to Adevinta, and Lollapalooza’s co-founder said live concerts won’t be back until 2022. Plus, Mastercard is expanding its crypto card partner program. eBay Nears Deal To Sell Classified Ad Division To Adevinta eBay is reportedly close to selling its classified ads unit to Adevinta ASA, the Norwegian online marketplace, for about $8 billion or more. The auction...

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Chipotle To Hire Up To 10K New Employees

To meet a surging demand stemming from digital sales, Chipotle Mexican Grill will hire up to 10,000 new employees over the next several months, the quick-service restaurant (QSR) announced Wednesday (July 15). The QSR chain’s digital business climbed 80 percent year over year, according to its first quarter earnings report in April. While consumers have been avoiding full-service restaurants during the pandemic — out of choice,...