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Restaurant Comps Set Records in December

Restaurant Comps Set Records in December

The restaurant industry's monthly same-store sales growth rate rose at an all-time-high in December, fueled by sharp gains in guest traffic and cooperative weather, according to the latest NRN-MillerPulse survey.

Industrywide same-store sales rose 5.4 percent in December, compared with a 2.9 percent increase the month prior, which is the largest increase in the survey’s history. The month capped off a relatively strong 2011 that saw same-store sales up 2.6 percent overall, leaving operators and analysts pleasantly surprised.

“December was a win across the board,” said Larry Miller, restaurant securities analyst at RBC Capital Markets in Atlanta and creator of the monthly MillerPulse surveys and research. “This could be the first sign of the rising tide that we’ve been waiting to see.”

MillerPulse, an operator survey exclusive to Nation’s Restaurant News, polled around 70 restaurant operators in January regarding December sales, profit trends, performance, and outlooks. Respondents cover all regions of the country and represent the quick-service, casual-dining, fine-dining, and fast-casual segments. Those surveyed in January represented restaurants that booked about 4 percent of industry sales.

Both the quick-service and full-service segments posted record-setting increases in same-store sales, the survey found. Sales at quick-service restaurants, which include both fast-food and fast-casual brands, rose 6.7 percent in December, compared with a 4-percent increase November. Sales for full-service restaurants, which include both fine-dining and casual-dining brands, increased 4.2 percent in December, compared with a 2-percent increase in the prior month.

The substantial sales increases were largely driven by guest traffic gains, which rose nearly 3 percent in December, compared to being relatively flat in November. Quick-service traffic jumped 4.2 percent in December, compared to just more than a 1-percent increase in November, while full-service traffic rose 1.7 percent after seeing a 1.1-percent decline in November.


Italian Restaurant in Connecticut Creates Dining Room Inspired by “Harry Potter”

Have you ever wanted to feel like you’re dining in the wizarding world? One Italian restaurant in Connecticut has made that possible for its patrons. The Record-Journal reports that Cava, located in Southington, has repurposed a temporary building to give it a magical new theme inspired by our favorite series: Harry Potter.

The restaurant’s manager, Tony Papahristou, explained that re-creating the feeling of being in the wizarding world was important to delivering the “full experience.”

I wanted to make sure we could deliver that full experience, because I know how much everyone is into Harry Potter.

Papahristou added that the restaurant has incorporated plenty of details.

I just wanted to re[-]create the scene like when he’s going to Hogwarts, with the vintage luggage, bird cages and the lanterns.

This isn’t the first time that Cava has used themed dining experiences. For the restaurant, it’s a seasonal affair. During the holidays, Cava reportedly came up with a theme inspired by The Polar Express, and the upcoming theming of the main restaurant’s rooftop around Peter Pan had to be put on hold because of how popular the Harry Potter dining room has been.

The dining room even includes a 40-foot Hogwarts Express, the same train that was previously used as Cava’s Polar Express. (The train is large enough that there is seating inside of it!)

A TikTok from the Record-Journal shows just how immersive the dining room is.

Cava is located at 1615 West Street in Southington, Connecticut.

Have you been to Cava? Would you want to immerse yourself in the wizarding world for a meal? Tell us in the comments below!


Italian Restaurant in Connecticut Creates Dining Room Inspired by “Harry Potter”

Have you ever wanted to feel like you’re dining in the wizarding world? One Italian restaurant in Connecticut has made that possible for its patrons. The Record-Journal reports that Cava, located in Southington, has repurposed a temporary building to give it a magical new theme inspired by our favorite series: Harry Potter.

The restaurant’s manager, Tony Papahristou, explained that re-creating the feeling of being in the wizarding world was important to delivering the “full experience.”

I wanted to make sure we could deliver that full experience, because I know how much everyone is into Harry Potter.

Papahristou added that the restaurant has incorporated plenty of details.

I just wanted to re[-]create the scene like when he’s going to Hogwarts, with the vintage luggage, bird cages and the lanterns.

This isn’t the first time that Cava has used themed dining experiences. For the restaurant, it’s a seasonal affair. During the holidays, Cava reportedly came up with a theme inspired by The Polar Express, and the upcoming theming of the main restaurant’s rooftop around Peter Pan had to be put on hold because of how popular the Harry Potter dining room has been.

The dining room even includes a 40-foot Hogwarts Express, the same train that was previously used as Cava’s Polar Express. (The train is large enough that there is seating inside of it!)

A TikTok from the Record-Journal shows just how immersive the dining room is.

Cava is located at 1615 West Street in Southington, Connecticut.

Have you been to Cava? Would you want to immerse yourself in the wizarding world for a meal? Tell us in the comments below!


Italian Restaurant in Connecticut Creates Dining Room Inspired by “Harry Potter”

Have you ever wanted to feel like you’re dining in the wizarding world? One Italian restaurant in Connecticut has made that possible for its patrons. The Record-Journal reports that Cava, located in Southington, has repurposed a temporary building to give it a magical new theme inspired by our favorite series: Harry Potter.

The restaurant’s manager, Tony Papahristou, explained that re-creating the feeling of being in the wizarding world was important to delivering the “full experience.”

I wanted to make sure we could deliver that full experience, because I know how much everyone is into Harry Potter.

Papahristou added that the restaurant has incorporated plenty of details.

I just wanted to re[-]create the scene like when he’s going to Hogwarts, with the vintage luggage, bird cages and the lanterns.

This isn’t the first time that Cava has used themed dining experiences. For the restaurant, it’s a seasonal affair. During the holidays, Cava reportedly came up with a theme inspired by The Polar Express, and the upcoming theming of the main restaurant’s rooftop around Peter Pan had to be put on hold because of how popular the Harry Potter dining room has been.

The dining room even includes a 40-foot Hogwarts Express, the same train that was previously used as Cava’s Polar Express. (The train is large enough that there is seating inside of it!)

A TikTok from the Record-Journal shows just how immersive the dining room is.

Cava is located at 1615 West Street in Southington, Connecticut.

Have you been to Cava? Would you want to immerse yourself in the wizarding world for a meal? Tell us in the comments below!


Italian Restaurant in Connecticut Creates Dining Room Inspired by “Harry Potter”

Have you ever wanted to feel like you’re dining in the wizarding world? One Italian restaurant in Connecticut has made that possible for its patrons. The Record-Journal reports that Cava, located in Southington, has repurposed a temporary building to give it a magical new theme inspired by our favorite series: Harry Potter.

The restaurant’s manager, Tony Papahristou, explained that re-creating the feeling of being in the wizarding world was important to delivering the “full experience.”

I wanted to make sure we could deliver that full experience, because I know how much everyone is into Harry Potter.

Papahristou added that the restaurant has incorporated plenty of details.

I just wanted to re[-]create the scene like when he’s going to Hogwarts, with the vintage luggage, bird cages and the lanterns.

This isn’t the first time that Cava has used themed dining experiences. For the restaurant, it’s a seasonal affair. During the holidays, Cava reportedly came up with a theme inspired by The Polar Express, and the upcoming theming of the main restaurant’s rooftop around Peter Pan had to be put on hold because of how popular the Harry Potter dining room has been.

The dining room even includes a 40-foot Hogwarts Express, the same train that was previously used as Cava’s Polar Express. (The train is large enough that there is seating inside of it!)

A TikTok from the Record-Journal shows just how immersive the dining room is.

Cava is located at 1615 West Street in Southington, Connecticut.

Have you been to Cava? Would you want to immerse yourself in the wizarding world for a meal? Tell us in the comments below!


Italian Restaurant in Connecticut Creates Dining Room Inspired by “Harry Potter”

Have you ever wanted to feel like you’re dining in the wizarding world? One Italian restaurant in Connecticut has made that possible for its patrons. The Record-Journal reports that Cava, located in Southington, has repurposed a temporary building to give it a magical new theme inspired by our favorite series: Harry Potter.

The restaurant’s manager, Tony Papahristou, explained that re-creating the feeling of being in the wizarding world was important to delivering the “full experience.”

I wanted to make sure we could deliver that full experience, because I know how much everyone is into Harry Potter.

Papahristou added that the restaurant has incorporated plenty of details.

I just wanted to re[-]create the scene like when he’s going to Hogwarts, with the vintage luggage, bird cages and the lanterns.

This isn’t the first time that Cava has used themed dining experiences. For the restaurant, it’s a seasonal affair. During the holidays, Cava reportedly came up with a theme inspired by The Polar Express, and the upcoming theming of the main restaurant’s rooftop around Peter Pan had to be put on hold because of how popular the Harry Potter dining room has been.

The dining room even includes a 40-foot Hogwarts Express, the same train that was previously used as Cava’s Polar Express. (The train is large enough that there is seating inside of it!)

A TikTok from the Record-Journal shows just how immersive the dining room is.

Cava is located at 1615 West Street in Southington, Connecticut.

Have you been to Cava? Would you want to immerse yourself in the wizarding world for a meal? Tell us in the comments below!


Italian Restaurant in Connecticut Creates Dining Room Inspired by “Harry Potter”

Have you ever wanted to feel like you’re dining in the wizarding world? One Italian restaurant in Connecticut has made that possible for its patrons. The Record-Journal reports that Cava, located in Southington, has repurposed a temporary building to give it a magical new theme inspired by our favorite series: Harry Potter.

The restaurant’s manager, Tony Papahristou, explained that re-creating the feeling of being in the wizarding world was important to delivering the “full experience.”

I wanted to make sure we could deliver that full experience, because I know how much everyone is into Harry Potter.

Papahristou added that the restaurant has incorporated plenty of details.

I just wanted to re[-]create the scene like when he’s going to Hogwarts, with the vintage luggage, bird cages and the lanterns.

This isn’t the first time that Cava has used themed dining experiences. For the restaurant, it’s a seasonal affair. During the holidays, Cava reportedly came up with a theme inspired by The Polar Express, and the upcoming theming of the main restaurant’s rooftop around Peter Pan had to be put on hold because of how popular the Harry Potter dining room has been.

The dining room even includes a 40-foot Hogwarts Express, the same train that was previously used as Cava’s Polar Express. (The train is large enough that there is seating inside of it!)

A TikTok from the Record-Journal shows just how immersive the dining room is.

Cava is located at 1615 West Street in Southington, Connecticut.

Have you been to Cava? Would you want to immerse yourself in the wizarding world for a meal? Tell us in the comments below!


Italian Restaurant in Connecticut Creates Dining Room Inspired by “Harry Potter”

Have you ever wanted to feel like you’re dining in the wizarding world? One Italian restaurant in Connecticut has made that possible for its patrons. The Record-Journal reports that Cava, located in Southington, has repurposed a temporary building to give it a magical new theme inspired by our favorite series: Harry Potter.

The restaurant’s manager, Tony Papahristou, explained that re-creating the feeling of being in the wizarding world was important to delivering the “full experience.”

I wanted to make sure we could deliver that full experience, because I know how much everyone is into Harry Potter.

Papahristou added that the restaurant has incorporated plenty of details.

I just wanted to re[-]create the scene like when he’s going to Hogwarts, with the vintage luggage, bird cages and the lanterns.

This isn’t the first time that Cava has used themed dining experiences. For the restaurant, it’s a seasonal affair. During the holidays, Cava reportedly came up with a theme inspired by The Polar Express, and the upcoming theming of the main restaurant’s rooftop around Peter Pan had to be put on hold because of how popular the Harry Potter dining room has been.

The dining room even includes a 40-foot Hogwarts Express, the same train that was previously used as Cava’s Polar Express. (The train is large enough that there is seating inside of it!)

A TikTok from the Record-Journal shows just how immersive the dining room is.

Cava is located at 1615 West Street in Southington, Connecticut.

Have you been to Cava? Would you want to immerse yourself in the wizarding world for a meal? Tell us in the comments below!


Italian Restaurant in Connecticut Creates Dining Room Inspired by “Harry Potter”

Have you ever wanted to feel like you’re dining in the wizarding world? One Italian restaurant in Connecticut has made that possible for its patrons. The Record-Journal reports that Cava, located in Southington, has repurposed a temporary building to give it a magical new theme inspired by our favorite series: Harry Potter.

The restaurant’s manager, Tony Papahristou, explained that re-creating the feeling of being in the wizarding world was important to delivering the “full experience.”

I wanted to make sure we could deliver that full experience, because I know how much everyone is into Harry Potter.

Papahristou added that the restaurant has incorporated plenty of details.

I just wanted to re[-]create the scene like when he’s going to Hogwarts, with the vintage luggage, bird cages and the lanterns.

This isn’t the first time that Cava has used themed dining experiences. For the restaurant, it’s a seasonal affair. During the holidays, Cava reportedly came up with a theme inspired by The Polar Express, and the upcoming theming of the main restaurant’s rooftop around Peter Pan had to be put on hold because of how popular the Harry Potter dining room has been.

The dining room even includes a 40-foot Hogwarts Express, the same train that was previously used as Cava’s Polar Express. (The train is large enough that there is seating inside of it!)

A TikTok from the Record-Journal shows just how immersive the dining room is.

Cava is located at 1615 West Street in Southington, Connecticut.

Have you been to Cava? Would you want to immerse yourself in the wizarding world for a meal? Tell us in the comments below!


Italian Restaurant in Connecticut Creates Dining Room Inspired by “Harry Potter”

Have you ever wanted to feel like you’re dining in the wizarding world? One Italian restaurant in Connecticut has made that possible for its patrons. The Record-Journal reports that Cava, located in Southington, has repurposed a temporary building to give it a magical new theme inspired by our favorite series: Harry Potter.

The restaurant’s manager, Tony Papahristou, explained that re-creating the feeling of being in the wizarding world was important to delivering the “full experience.”

I wanted to make sure we could deliver that full experience, because I know how much everyone is into Harry Potter.

Papahristou added that the restaurant has incorporated plenty of details.

I just wanted to re[-]create the scene like when he’s going to Hogwarts, with the vintage luggage, bird cages and the lanterns.

This isn’t the first time that Cava has used themed dining experiences. For the restaurant, it’s a seasonal affair. During the holidays, Cava reportedly came up with a theme inspired by The Polar Express, and the upcoming theming of the main restaurant’s rooftop around Peter Pan had to be put on hold because of how popular the Harry Potter dining room has been.

The dining room even includes a 40-foot Hogwarts Express, the same train that was previously used as Cava’s Polar Express. (The train is large enough that there is seating inside of it!)

A TikTok from the Record-Journal shows just how immersive the dining room is.

Cava is located at 1615 West Street in Southington, Connecticut.

Have you been to Cava? Would you want to immerse yourself in the wizarding world for a meal? Tell us in the comments below!


Italian Restaurant in Connecticut Creates Dining Room Inspired by “Harry Potter”

Have you ever wanted to feel like you’re dining in the wizarding world? One Italian restaurant in Connecticut has made that possible for its patrons. The Record-Journal reports that Cava, located in Southington, has repurposed a temporary building to give it a magical new theme inspired by our favorite series: Harry Potter.

The restaurant’s manager, Tony Papahristou, explained that re-creating the feeling of being in the wizarding world was important to delivering the “full experience.”

I wanted to make sure we could deliver that full experience, because I know how much everyone is into Harry Potter.

Papahristou added that the restaurant has incorporated plenty of details.

I just wanted to re[-]create the scene like when he’s going to Hogwarts, with the vintage luggage, bird cages and the lanterns.

This isn’t the first time that Cava has used themed dining experiences. For the restaurant, it’s a seasonal affair. During the holidays, Cava reportedly came up with a theme inspired by The Polar Express, and the upcoming theming of the main restaurant’s rooftop around Peter Pan had to be put on hold because of how popular the Harry Potter dining room has been.

The dining room even includes a 40-foot Hogwarts Express, the same train that was previously used as Cava’s Polar Express. (The train is large enough that there is seating inside of it!)

A TikTok from the Record-Journal shows just how immersive the dining room is.

Cava is located at 1615 West Street in Southington, Connecticut.

Have you been to Cava? Would you want to immerse yourself in the wizarding world for a meal? Tell us in the comments below!


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