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Travel Hotels, Restaurants and Leisure

  • KENTWOOD, Mich.— An executive from a Texas- based restaurant chain plans to meet with American Legion groups in Michigan and discuss dress code policy changes after some group members were told they weren't permitted to wear their affiliated jackets. The Grand Rapids Press reports Wednesday that Dallas- based Dave& Buster's is reviewing its dress code policy...

  • MEMPHIS, Tenn.— Memphis police have followed labor organizers home after meetings, ordered fast-food workers not to sign petitions, threatened them with arrest and put some on a list requiring them to have a police escort when they visit City Hall, activists charge in a federal lawsuit. The activists, who are pushing for higher wages and union rights at fast-food...

  • CHICAGO, March 1- McDonald's Corp later this year will give U.S. customers the opportunity to order and pay via their cell phones as it fights to win back customers lost to other fast-food rivals. McDonald's will make so-called "mobile order and pay" available at all of its roughly 14,000 U.S. restaurants, Chris Kempczinski, president of McDonald's USA, said at the...

  • NEW YORK— McDonald's acknowledged on Wednesday that it lost 500 million customer transactions in the U.S. since 2012 and laid out its plans to get more people back into its restaurants— including by letting them order and pay on their mobile phones by the end of the year. Starbucks Corp. already offers mobile order-and-pay, an option the coffee chain has hailed as...

  • NEW YORK— The word "grand" matched few hotels in the world better than New York City's Waldorf Astoria, but this bastion of gilded splendor is now closing for two to three years for a transformative makeover. When the building reopens, it will still have a hotel, but hundreds of its 1,400 guest rooms will have been converted into privately owned condominiums,...

  • A study by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's consumer affairs show "Marketplace" says researchers conducted DNA tests on several chicken sandwiches from fast-food restaurants and found that Subway's chicken breast contained only about half chicken. The study said DNA researcher Matt Harnden at Trent University's Wildlife Forensic DNA...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Bravo Brio Restaurant Group Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss of $73.3 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 9 cents per share. Bravo Brio expects full-year earnings to be 22 cents to 32 cents per share, with revenue in the range of $406 million to $416 million.

  • ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Domino's sales jumped 12.2 percent at established U.S. locations in the final three months of 2016, extending the pizza delivery chain's streak of growth as it focuses on convenience and affordable prices. The Ann Arbor, Michigan company has pushed up the sales figure up for nearly six straight years, in part by offering easier ways to order...

  • ORLANDO, Fla. _ Xenia Hotels& Resorts Inc. on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The Orlando, Florida- based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $59.4 million, or 55 cents per share, in the period. Xenia Hotels& Resorts expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $1.82 to $1.95 per share.

  • SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. _ Kona Grill Inc. on Monday reported a loss of $16.6 million in its fourth quarter. Kona Grill expects full-year revenue of $200 million. Kona Grill shares have fallen 39 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • ADDISON, Texas _ Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter profit of $2.4 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 27 cents per share. Fiesta Restaurant Group shares have fallen 13 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • DUBLIN, Ohio— Central Ohio- based fast food giant Wendy's plans to install self-ordering kiosks in about one out of six of the burger chain's franchises nationwide by the end of this year. A typical location would get three kiosks for about $15,000, The Columbus Dispatch reported. David Trimm, Wendy's chief information officer, estimates that payback on those...

  • "I decided I had enough of the corporate world, and I wanted to spend the rest of my life traveling the world," said Mario Salcedo.

  • Manco& Manco Pizza owner Charles Bangle was sentenced in federal court in Camden to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Charles Bangle was also ordered to pay $248,560 in restitution and a $5,000 fine. Charles Bangle pleaded guilty in July 2015 to evading taxes on his 2011 tax returns and structuring financial transactions to avoid...

  • Feb 24- Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc, owner of the Waldorf Astoria hotel chain, said on Friday it would buy back up to $1 billion of its shares, and that it would change its corporate name to' Hilton Inc', effective March 6. Hilton's board also declared a quarterly dividend of 15 cents per share, payable on March 31. Based on Thursday's closing price of $57.21, Hilton can...

  • SOUTHLAKE, Texas _ Del Frisco's Restaurant Group Inc. on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $7.1 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 33 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $119 million.

  • Feb 24- Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc, owner of the Waldorf Astoria hotel chain, said on Friday its board authorized a stock repurchase program of up to $1 billion, and that it would change its corporate name to' Hilton Inc' effective March 6.

  • HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. _ BJ's Restaurants Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $12.9 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 40 cents per share. BJ's Restaurants shares have fallen slightly more than 9 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • The portfolio changes from firms including T. Rowe Price, Federated Investors and Fidelity come amid uncertainty over the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement and a possible tax on goods produced in Mexico as well as new U.S. immigration guidelines. Knudsen said his team is shifting its portfolios into stocks such as Wal Mart de Mexico, the Mexican...

  • MIAMI _ Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $72.2 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 56 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in April, Norwegian Cruise Line expects its per-share earnings to be 36 cents.