Steve Coomes

Blum fights to lead turnaround effort at struggling Così 
Restaurant vet Brad Blum wants into the driver's seat at Così
All business 
At an age when most executives are eager to leave a company, Phil Friedman bought 80-unit Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina.
Age of experience 
Industry old guard offers insights on business and life.
Taxing questions 
Franchisors want Supreme Court to weigh in on case involving nexus, states’ rights
Miles McMath 
Miles McMath, executive chef at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, describes his approach to the menu.
Turnaround artist 
Profile of Red Robin chief executive Steve Carley.
Study: Average employee age rises 
A People Report study finds the average age of foodservice workers rising, while operators welcome the maturity and life experience of older employees.
Friday’s franchisee looks beyond profit 
Friday's franchisee Daniel Halpern focuses both on his business and the world around it
Counter revolution 
Fast-casual operators are moving closer to their full-service brethren
Crackdown costs 
Lack of immigration reform, climate of fear has a high price tag for employers
Bright future 
Chris Bright, president of the 98-unit Zpizza chain in Irvine, Calif., learned his restaurant financials before his operations — a career start that could have had a very different outcome had he not been so tenacious.

East meets fast 
Restaurant industry has long road to recovery
Under the Toque: Edward Lee 
Twenty years ago Edward Lee was a carefree literature student at the University of Michigan. But when his parents bought a struggling Manhattan diner, Lee was summoned home to pitch in, and he wasn’t happy about it.

Genghis Grill CEO combines business, pleasure 
Growing the stir-fry chain is both serious business and serious fun for Al Bahkta
With commodity costs on the rise, chains grapple with options to offset expenses 
The restaurant industry is already dealing with increased costs. Favorable commodities prices — the lone blessing of the recent recession — are quickly disappearing as the U.S. economy slowly emerges from its three-year slump. And according to commodities experts, multiple market factors will continue driving prices for corn, beef, pork, grains and dairy upward well into 2011 and possibly beyond.

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