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 Gluten-free diets might be hurting Italian chains http://nrn.com/blog/gluten-free-diets-might-be-hurting-italian-chains <div class="node-body blog-body">Most Italian chains have struggled to gain sales traction in recent quarters. One reason might be gluten-free diets.</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/gluten-free-diets-might-be-hurting-italian-chains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/gluten-free-diets-might-be-hurting-italian-chains#comments Consumer Trends Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:33:00 +0000 120311 at http://nrn.com Popeyes gets an activist http://nrn.com/blog/popeyes-gets-activist <div class="node-body blog-body">Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is the latest restaurant chain to get an activist investor. Red Mountain Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based firm, has taken a 5.1-percent position in the chicken concept.</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/popeyes-gets-activist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/popeyes-gets-activist#comments Corporate Corporate News Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:54:00 +0000 120251 at http://nrn.com Why did Ruth's sell Mitchell's for so little? http://nrn.com/blog/why-did-ruths-sell-mitchells-so-little <div class="node-body blog-body">Ruth's Hospitality Group sold Mitchell's Fish Market for $10 million, or one-ninth the price it paid to get the concept back in early 2008. But a deeper look shows the chain got a fair price for the struggling concept.</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/why-did-ruths-sell-mitchells-so-little" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/why-did-ruths-sell-mitchells-so-little#comments Corporate Markets Mergers-Acquisitions Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:04:00 +0000 120151 at http://nrn.com Small chickens will cost more next year http://nrn.com/blog/small-chickens-will-cost-more-next-year <div class="node-body blog-body">Chains like Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen can expect to pay more for chicken next year. The reason? Their chickens are too small.</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/small-chickens-will-cost-more-next-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/small-chickens-will-cost-more-next-year#comments Commodities Markets Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:54:00 +0000 120001 at http://nrn.com Social marketing without a smartphone app http://nrn.com/blog/social-marketing-without-smartphone-app <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Today there is <a href="http://nrn.com/industry-data/social-media-200">&ldquo;social marketing&rdquo; </a>tied to such virtual worlds as FaceBook, Twitter and Pinterest, and then there&rsquo;s social marketing tied to the real world. I witnessed the latter during a Major League Soccer match between the San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles Galaxy at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.</p></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/social-marketing-without-smartphone-app" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/social-marketing-without-smartphone-app#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:15:00 +0000 119781 at http://nrn.com Daphne's California Greek considers shift to new name/concept http://nrn.com/blog/daphnes-california-greek-considers-shift-new-nameconcept <div class="node-body blog-body">Daphne's California Greek unit to be reconnected as Yalla Mediterranean</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/daphnes-california-greek-considers-shift-new-nameconcept" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/daphnes-california-greek-considers-shift-new-nameconcept#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 07 Nov 2014 22:15:00 +0000 119541 at http://nrn.com Restaurants added lots of jobs in October http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-added-lots-jobs-october <div class="node-body blog-body">Restaurants added 42,000 jobs in October amid signs of improving sales and traffic number, according to new government data. </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/restaurants-added-lots-jobs-october" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-added-lots-jobs-october#comments Corporate News Markets Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:26:00 +0000 119471 at http://nrn.com Restaurants only now recovering from the payroll tax hike http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-only-now-recovering-payroll-tax-hike <div class="node-body blog-body">It's taken a while, but restaurants are only now starting to recover from the payroll tax holiday</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/restaurants-only-now-recovering-payroll-tax-hike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-only-now-recovering-payroll-tax-hike#comments Markets Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 06 Nov 2014 22:05:00 +0000 119461 at http://nrn.com One big reason pizza chains thrive http://nrn.com/blog/one-big-reason-pizza-chains-thrive <div class="node-body blog-body">Both Domino's and Papa John's have been among the best performing restaurant chains of late. Why? Both make it very easy for customers to order their food. It's a lesson that all restaurants should be watching carefully. </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/one-big-reason-pizza-chains-thrive" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/one-big-reason-pizza-chains-thrive#comments Markets Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19:38:00 +0000 119331 at http://nrn.com Chuck E. Cheese’s, Peter Piper Pizza numbers – Last looks for a spell? http://nrn.com/blog/chuck-e-cheese-s-peter-piper-pizza-numbers-last-looks-spell-0 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">The Oct. 17 announcement that <a href="http://nrn.com/mergers-acquisitions/chuck-e-cheeses-parent-acquires-peter-piper-pizza">Peter Piper Pizza had been acquired by CEC Entertainment Inc.</a> means there is a new $1 billion-plus domestic sales player in the pizza segment, albeit across two brands.</span></p> <p>CEC, the parent of the Chuck E. Cheese&rsquo;s chain, is owned by Apollo Global Management LLC and Peter Piper Pizza&rsquo;s seller is ACON Investments LLC.</p></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/chuck-e-cheese-s-peter-piper-pizza-numbers-last-looks-spell-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/chuck-e-cheese-s-peter-piper-pizza-numbers-last-looks-spell-0#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:54:00 +0000 119031 at http://nrn.com