Category: School of Hospitality Administration

In Atlanta, Darden opens its first airport restaurant

February 19th, 2014 in 2014, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, Orlando Sentinel, School of Hospitality Administration 0 comments

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

Orlando-based Darden Restaurants has opened its first restaurant in an airport…

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Taco Bell to roll out major beverage expansion

January 16th, 2014 in 2014, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, School of Hospitality Administration, USA Today 0 comments

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

Taco Bell has seen the future of fast food, and it might not be what folks eat — but what they drink…

Expert quote:

“Beverages are a significant portion of profits. You’re basically serving water with ice.” Drinks can account for 30% to 40% of sales — and can quickly boost profits 10% to 15%.”

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Sonoma, Sicily, South Africa and Beyond

December 13th, 2013 in 2013, Bill Nesto, Metropolitan College, Newsmakers, School of Hospitality Administration 0 comments

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Bill Nesto, Metropolitan College, School of Hospitality Administration

This year’s crop of new books yields compelling titles, from a scratc-and-sniff guide to an updated classic reference…

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Hilton Worldwide looks to raise $2.4bn in share float

December 3rd, 2013 in 2013, BBC, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, School of Hospitality Administration 0 comments

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

Hilton Worldwide, one of the world’s biggest hotel firms, plans to raise up to $2.4bn (£1.4bn) via a share sale…

Expert quote:

“The Blackstone Group has timed the Hilton initial public offering at the perfect market inflection points of increasing global consumer travel demand, daily room rates, and occupancy.”

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Blackstone-controlled Hilton plans biggest hotel IPO

December 2nd, 2013 in 2013, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, Reuters, School of Hospitality Administration 0 comments

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

Hilton Worldwide Inc said its initial public offering would raise up to $2.37 billion in the biggest-ever hotel IPO, more than doubling Blackstone Group LP’s investment…

Expert quote:

“The Blackstone Group has timed the Hilton IPO at the perfect market inflection points of increasing global consumer travel demand, daily room rates, and occupancy.”

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Hilton Eyes Record Hotel IPO With $2.4B Offering

December 2nd, 2013 in 2013, Christopher Muller, FoxBusiness.com, Newsmakers, School of Hospitality Administration 0 comments

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

Hilton Worldwide increased the size of its initial public offering on Monday, saying it plans to raise up to $2.4 billion in what would be the largest offering by a hotel company…

Expert quote:

“The Blackstone Group has timed the Hilton IPO at the perfect market inflection points of increasing global consumer travel demand, daily room rates, and occupancy.”

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Applebee’s to serve tablets at every table

December 2nd, 2013 in 2013, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, School of Hospitality Administration, USA Today 0 comments

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

That endless wait for the restaurant check soon may be over…

Expert quote:

“Other than the coolness factor, what benefits will it have over the long term?”

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Darden hopes Eddie V’s will hook more customers

October 13th, 2013 in 2013, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, Orlando Sentinel, School of Hospitality Administration 0 comments

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

One look inside the first Eddie V’s Prime Seafood opening next week in Orlando will give you a glimpse of the changing face of Darden Restaurants…

Expert quote:

“We can name half a dozen premium steak places …. but not the same in fish. I’m going to guess that people who eat fish are more health conscious, drink less alcohol and probably dine out less often than red meat eaters.”

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Pizza Hut rolls out 3-Cheese Stuffed Crust to appeal to Millennials

October 4th, 2013 in 2013, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, School of Hospitality Administration, USA Today 0 comments

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

Stuffed-crust pizza is about to grow up…

Expert quote:

“I can’t imagine any of them changing their current pizza consumption habits simply to buy this. Millennials don’t want to be pandered to by large corporations.”

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Darden Restaurants reducing 85 corporate positions; COO Drew Madsen leaving

September 21st, 2013 in 2013, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, Orlando Sentinel, School of Hospitality Administration 0 comments

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

Darden Restaurants announced the elimination of 85 jobs at its Orlando headquarters and the retirement of its second-in-command on Friday as it struggles with performance issues at its key chains, Olive Garden and Red Lobster…

Expert quote:

“Olive Garden, probably more than any other company in the entire industry, is smack in the sweet middle-class mindset. It is middle class and … the middle class is suffering.”

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