On first glance, mid-level restaurant chains — including suburban favorites like Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and Chili’s — might appear to be doing fine. Many have significantly more locations today than they did 17 years ago, and diners are still clamoring for their latest stunt dishes. But a deeper look tells another story. Eater looked at SEC financial filings to track growth rate (the change in total locations, year over year) and sales for five familiar chains.
The first location of Shannon Allen’s organic fast-casual concept Grown hadn’t been open for more than three months before members from Walmart’s development team came in asking for her. They wanted to know more about the Miami-based restaurant’s mission and how Allen and her husband, two-time NBA champion Ray Allen, were able to produce certified organic meals in under five minutes. They were apparently impressed with the popularity of the restaurant, which had lines stretching out the door.
It’s Twitter official: Amazon’s merger with Whole Foods is a win for people who have spent the last 36 years turned off by the specialty grocer’s “Whole Paycheck” image. As part of the its acquisition of the grocery store, Amazon promised to lower Whole Foods prices: They wasted no time making good on the promise, dropping prices Monday, Day One of the merger. And Twitter wasted no time rejoicing (save, of course, for the shoppers who are advocating for a Whole Foods boycott).
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".