Category: Christopher Muller

Low prices, young diners fuel Olive Garden comeback

Orlando Sentinel quoting Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration “What a difference three years makes for Olive Garden, a chain once bashed in a 300-page report by an activist investor for poor food quality and being wasteful…” Expert quote: “Millennials haven’t stopped buying homes and going to sit-down restaurants; they are just doing it a […]

Menus go touch-screen, mobile at area restaurants

Orlando Sentinel Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration These days, many Central Florida restaurant customers are being greeted by the warm glow of a screen instead of “How can we help you?”… Expert quote: “More and more people feel comfortable ordering from tablets, but restaurants wouldn’t be thinking about this if it couldn’t save on […]

Professor Christopher Muller, Ph.D., Awarded 2016 Hamburg Foodservice Prize For Contribution To The European Gastronomy Industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 4, 2016 CONTACT: Ahlea Isabella: +1 631-358-3868,; Leora Halpern Lanz: +1 516-680-8529,          PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER MULLER, Ph.D. AWARDED 2016 HAMBURG FOODSERVICE PRIZE FOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE EUROPEAN GASTRONOMY INDUSTRY (Boston, MA)—Dr. Christopher Muller was awarded the 2016 Hamburg Foodservice Prize by DVF Media Group at a formal industry gala for 500 […]

Starwood Hotels jumps at Anbang’s sweetened bid; Marriott could counteroffer

Associated Press Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. called off a $12.2-billion buyout agreement with Marriott International Inc. in favor of an offer from a group of investors led by Chinese insurance company Anbang Insurance Group Co… Expert quote: “Worldwide, it puts them in a position where they have […]

Chipotle Faces No-Win Scenario as Crisis Taints Its Every Move

Bloomberg Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. responded quickly when four of its workers called in sick last week with suspected cases of norovirus… Expert quote: “It’s great that they caught it before anybody got sick, but how could it happen again? They’re caught in a very bad cycle.” View full […]

Business growing around Central Florida’s restaurant industry

Orlando Sentinel Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration Paul Adamission’s 12-person crew at IPAC Inc. in Winter Springs can turn out more than 2,000 gallons of red Mexican-style sauce in a single day, which is enough to last Tijuana Flats a few weeks… Expert quote: “Florida itself is a huge restaurant market, and with Disney […]

How will Chipotle’s lunchtime closing gamble pay off?

MoneyWatch Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration For a restaurant chain, closing down for lunch wouldn’t typically be viewed as good for business. In the case of Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), the decision could be too little, too late, or the start of a turnaround… Expert quote: “Now, after a first outbreak, they pull into […]

Chipotle To Close All Stores on Feb. 8 For Food Safety Meeting Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration Beleaguered by a string of food poisoning outbreaks, Chipotle Mexican Grill will close all its stores for several hours next month to hold a food safety meeting with workers… Expert quote: “They might have just said, we’re going to close every store and clean them top to bottom. […]