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Drive-Thru Digest

March 15, 2023

Matt Cook, Editor

Drive-thrus continue to expand throughout the US and Great Britain.  AI order taking also growing at many restaurants.

And now the news…

Drive-Thru Digest – Issue #60

Shake Shack to accelerate drive-thru growth in 2023

The chain aims to open 10 to 15 more drive-thru locations this year.

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Rita's Italian Ice Expanding With 40 New Stores

The Bensalem-based, sweet treats business plans to open new stores.

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Here’s the full list of Greggs stores opening across the UK in 2023

The bakery chain plans to open 150 new outlets this year.

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Del Taco plans to roll out order-taking bots at drive-thrus

Del Taco will implement Presto's artificial intelligence voice bots to take drive-thru orders at its 600 units.

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Layne's Chicken Fingers Opens First Drive-Thru-Only Location

Layne’s Chicken Fingers has opened its first drive-thru-only location in Houston.

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Presto Collaborates with OpenAI on Drive-Thru Innovation

The ChatGPT API will be used to test the AI engine in Presto Voice and expand its already extensive feature set.

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Sale of New Two-Tenant Chipotle Drive-Thru Pad in Sacramento Metro

Hanley Investment Group Arranges Sale of New Two-Tenant Chipotle Drive-Thru Pad in Sacramento Metro for Over $4 Million.

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Brand new McDonald's and Costa drive-thru approved despite opposition

Councillors were concerned about dangers to customers visiting outlet near busy road.

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World's first Wrights drive-thru in doubt as plans 'on hold'

Wrights was supposed to open the drive-thru on Leek New Road, in Cobridge.

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Vernon council decides not to go ahead with drive-thru ban

Vernon will not move ahead with a drive-thru ban in the downtown core.

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McDonald's withdraw application for 24hour drive-thru in South Belfast

There were concerns regarding noise, light and traffic pollution in the area.

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North Brunswick OKs plan for Dunkin' with drive-thru on Milltown Road

The Planning Board has approved a scaled-down plan to build a Dunkin' on Milltown Road.

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Chipotle opens restaurant with drive-thru, has plans for another in Jacksonville

The location is the fifth in the Jacksonville area to feature a drive-thru, dubbed the “Chipotlane.”

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Fast food giant McDonald's to extend Wolverhampton drive-thru

The drive-thru lane will then have room for 25 vehicles.

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Pepperjax Grill to relocate with new drive-thru expected in Topeka

An old restaurant will move into a new building with a drive-thru not far from its old location in Topeka.

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Seven Brew adds double drive-thru coffee stand in Suntree

Seven Brew has come a long way since it opened its first location in Rogers, Arkansas in 2017. Now, it has 64 locations in 13 states.

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