Biography

Heather Lalley

Editor, Foodservice Group

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Heather Lalley is an editor with Winsight's Foodservice Group, covering emerging restaurant concepts for Restaurant Business magazine and RB Online. She also works with Winsight's sister company Technomic to produce research-based reports on emerging restaurants and chains.

Heather spent nearly a decade as a reporter for the daily newspaper in Spokane, Wash. She is the author of "The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook," about chefs who work with area farmers. She holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the two-year baking and pastry program at Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago.

She is the mother of two children and rarely passes up a chance to eat tater tots.

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Operations

61% of pandemic restaurant closures will be permanent, Yelp says

Restaurants with the highest closure rates include those specializing in breakfast and brunch, burgers and sandwiches, desserts and Mexican food, the review platform found.

Operations

Foodservice operators out West face a new threat: Wildfire smoke

After pivoting to outdoor dining amid the COVID-19 pandemic, dangerous air is forcing many eateries in the western U.S. to abandon their patios.

The food distributor’s new program will help eateries identify successful virtual concepts and craft profitable menus.

Eateries that pivoted to outside operations amid COVID-19 are wrestling with how to keep things rolling through cold, snow and more.

Fear of contracting the coronavirus is keeping many away from eateries, according to data from consulting firm AlixPartners.

Some operators have resorted to bribing customers for coins or encouraging employees to bring in spare change from home.

Coronavirus cases in the state, and more than 30 others, are continuing to climb.

With coronavirus rates spiking in many states and eateries being forced to close again, some city officials say they may reinstate stay-at-home orders.

The fast casual teamed up with influencers and other brands to create an event for those whose proms have been canceled due to the coronavirus.

New Technomic data reveals that outward displays of increased sanitation are important for building consumer trust.

The National Restaurant Association, in partnership with Technomic, unveils the biggest menu and foodservice game-changers of the year.

The touch screen-enabled refrigerators from Coolgreens will offer a slate of grab-and-go fare.

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