Reporter's Notebook http://nrn.com/blog/65421/feed Reporter's Notebook is NRN's newsroom blog, where our editors give their points of view on news happening in the restaurant business. en McDonald's performance is worse than you think http://nrn.com/blog/mcdonalds-performance-worse-you-think <div class="node-body blog-body">McDonald's U.S. same-store sales fell 2.6 percent in the first quarter. But factor out breakfast, and the number is worse.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/mcdonalds-performance-worse-you-think" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/mcdonalds-performance-worse-you-think#comments Same-store sales McDonald's Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:22:00 +0000 131821 at http://nrn.com Fertitta plans 10-acre Houston development, 1st Mastro’s in Texas http://nrn.com/blog/fertitta-plans-10-acre-houston-development-1st-mastro-s-texas <div class="node-body blog-body">The development will combine a luxury hotel with offices and residential and retail offerings.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/fertitta-plans-10-acre-houston-development-1st-mastro-s-texas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/fertitta-plans-10-acre-houston-development-1st-mastro-s-texas#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:08:00 +0000 131811 at http://nrn.com Ideas for protecting the planet http://nrn.com/blog/ideas-protecting-planet <div class="node-body blog-body">These restaurant chains are working toward a more sustainable planet.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/ideas-protecting-planet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/ideas-protecting-planet#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:49:00 +0000 131501 at http://nrn.com Is it time to worry about bird flu? http://nrn.com/blog/it-time-worry-about-bird-flu <div class="node-body blog-body">The recent bird flu outbreak is long from affecting poultry prices, but restaurants should still keep a watchful eye on supplies.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/it-time-worry-about-bird-flu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/it-time-worry-about-bird-flu#comments Markets Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:17:00 +0000 131391 at http://nrn.com Post Darden, restaurants more receptive to activists http://nrn.com/blog/post-darden-restaurants-more-receptive-activists <div class="node-body blog-body">Recent announcements by Panera, Jamba Juice show restaurants taking a more conciliatory tone with activists</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/post-darden-restaurants-more-receptive-activists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/post-darden-restaurants-more-receptive-activists#comments Corporate News Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:21:00 +0000 131221 at http://nrn.com Could McDonald's USA follow Japan in closing stores? http://nrn.com/blog/could-mcdonalds-usa-follow-japan-closing-stores <div class="node-body blog-body">McDonald's Japan is planning to close 131 underperforming stores there</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/could-mcdonalds-usa-follow-japan-closing-stores" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/could-mcdonalds-usa-follow-japan-closing-stores#comments Corporate News Same-store sales Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:48:00 +0000 131121 at http://nrn.com Blaze Pizza sees possible IPO in future http://nrn.com/blog/blaze-pizza-sees-possible-ipo-future <div class="node-body blog-body">Fast-casual pizza leader gunning to be fifth-largest pizza brand within five years</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/blaze-pizza-sees-possible-ipo-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/blaze-pizza-sees-possible-ipo-future#comments Corporate News Fast Casual Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:55:00 +0000 131081 at http://nrn.com Are consumers eating out more than eating in? http://nrn.com/blog/are-consumers-eating-out-more-eating <div class="node-body blog-body">Data show that consumers are eating out more often at restaurants</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/are-consumers-eating-out-more-eating" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/are-consumers-eating-out-more-eating#comments Consumer Trends Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:43:00 +0000 131001 at http://nrn.com Are consumers rejecting giant restaurant chains? http://nrn.com/blog/are-consumers-rejecting-giant-restaurant-chains <div class="node-body blog-body">Four of the five largest restaurant chains in the country either saw a sales decline or were largely flat in 2014. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/are-consumers-rejecting-giant-restaurant-chains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/are-consumers-rejecting-giant-restaurant-chains#comments Markets Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:14:00 +0000 130751 at http://nrn.com Can McDonald's go premium? http://nrn.com/blog/can-mcdonalds-go-premium <div class="node-body blog-body">The chain has a long line of failed premium products</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/can-mcdonalds-go-premium" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/can-mcdonalds-go-premium#comments Same-store sales Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:19:00 +0000 130541 at http://nrn.com