Reporter's Notebook http://nrn.com/blog/65421/feed en Macaroni Grill expands fast-casual format to dinner daypart http://nrn.com/blog/macaroni-grill-expands-fast-casual-format-dinner-daypart <div class="node-body blog-body">Macaroni Grill expands fast-casual Kitchen Counter lunch format to dinner daypart</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/macaroni-grill-expands-fast-casual-format-dinner-daypart" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/macaroni-grill-expands-fast-casual-format-dinner-daypart#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:11:00 +0000 127311 at http://nrn.com Could these restaurant chains go private? http://nrn.com/blog/could-these-restaurant-chains-go-private <div class="node-body blog-body">High valuations for restaurant stocks make it unlikely that many will get taken private this year. </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-these-restaurant-chains-go-private" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/could-these-restaurant-chains-go-private#comments Corporate News Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:36:00 +0000 127271 at http://nrn.com Why McDonald's won't ever get rid of its real estate http://nrn.com/blog/why-mcdonalds-wont-ever-get-rid-its-real-estate <div class="node-body blog-body">Periodically, McDonald's gets pushed to unload its real estate, usually in a spinoff, and the company says no every time. The reason: The real estate provides a nice revenue stream for the company, and helps it control its franchise system.</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-mcdonalds-wont-ever-get-rid-its-real-estate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/why-mcdonalds-wont-ever-get-rid-its-real-estate#comments Corporate News Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:00:00 +0000 127141 at http://nrn.com Restaurant costs are up, but so are sales http://nrn.com/blog/restaurant-costs-are-so-are-sales <div class="node-body blog-body">Restaurants reporting earnings have frequently reported remarkably strong sales numbers, which has often been enough to hide rising costs for both food and labor.</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/restaurant-costs-are-so-are-sales" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/restaurant-costs-are-so-are-sales#comments Corporate News Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:23:00 +0000 126991 at http://nrn.com Restaurants killed it in January http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-killed-it-january <div class="node-body blog-body">According to federal data, sales at restaurants and drinking places rose 13.1 percent in January, year over year, further evidence that the industry is coming off its best month in a decade.</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-killed-it-january" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-killed-it-january#comments Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:20:00 +0000 126611 at http://nrn.com Activist seeks to oust Biglari http://nrn.com/blog/activist-seeks-oust-biglari <div class="node-body blog-body">An activist investor is looking to oust the company's CEO at Biglari Holdings, according to a recent SEC filing.</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/activist-seeks-oust-biglari" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/activist-seeks-oust-biglari#comments Corporate News Mergers-Acquisitions Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:02:00 +0000 126281 at http://nrn.com Whataburger fetes ketchup cup with Twitter art http://nrn.com/blog/whataburger-fetes-ketchup-cup-twitter-art <div class="node-body blog-body">Whataburger celebrates ketchup cup's 30th anniversary by engaging Twitter fans with ketchup portraits</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/whataburger-fetes-ketchup-cup-twitter-art" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/whataburger-fetes-ketchup-cup-twitter-art#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:04:00 +0000 126211 at http://nrn.com Is Biglari exiting Cracker Barrel? http://nrn.com/blog/biglari-exiting-cracker-barrel <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Sardar Biglari appears to be winding down his holdings in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc..</p> <p>Biglari&rsquo;s hedge fund, The Lion Fund, said in an SEC filing this morning that it will sell as many as 1.25 million shares of Cracker Barrel through J.P. Morgan Securities.</p> <p>That represents nearly a third of the 4.7 million shares of Cracker Barrel held by Biglari and his various companies, including Biglari Holdings and another affiliated hedge fund, Biglari Capital.</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/biglari-exiting-cracker-barrel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/biglari-exiting-cracker-barrel#comments Corporate News Mergers-Acquisitions Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 06 Feb 2015 21:34:00 +0000 125731 at http://nrn.com Why restaurant brands refranchise http://nrn.com/blog/why-restaurant-brands-refranchise <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Restaurant chains can&rsquo;t seem to sell enough locations to franchisees. A major chain has announced a new refranchising plan nearly every month since last fall.</p> <p>In September, TGI Friday&rsquo;s launched a refranchising plan to sell most of its 247 locations to franchisees. In November, Famous Dave&rsquo;s said it planned to refranchise company outlets. Jamba Juice did, too, and then it added more stores to the sale shelves in December.</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/why-restaurant-brands-refranchise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/why-restaurant-brands-refranchise#comments Corporate News Mergers-Acquisitions Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 05 Feb 2015 20:55:00 +0000 125541 at http://nrn.com Shake Shack's IPO valuation outperforms the industry http://nrn.com/blog/shake-shacks-valuation-was-really-stunning <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Owners of high-growth restaurant chains looking to raise some cash would be silly to do anything but sell stock to the public, and last week&rsquo;s IPO of Shake Shack Inc., proves that.</p> <p>While the Shake Shack IPO didn&rsquo;t quite generate the first-day pop of some other concepts &mdash; its 118-percent increase on the first day was only the third largest in the industry over the past two years &mdash; by other measures it still far outperformed its fellow concepts.</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/shake-shacks-valuation-was-really-stunning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/shake-shacks-valuation-was-really-stunning#comments Finance Corporate News Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 03 Feb 2015 22:00:00 +0000 125361 at http://nrn.com Could QSRs survive a $15 minimum wage? http://nrn.com/blog/could-qsrs-survive-15-minimum-wage <div class="node-body blog-body">A $15 national minimum wage wouldn't be cheap. But at least one study indicates that quick-service restaurant chains would be able to survive without cutting staff or sacrificing profits.</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-qsrs-survive-15-minimum-wage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/could-qsrs-survive-15-minimum-wage#comments Finance Markets Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:35:00 +0000 124991 at http://nrn.com The NRN Top 200 “chains” that never were http://nrn.com/blog/nrn-top-200-chains-never-were <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>&nbsp;</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/nrn-top-200-chains-never-were" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/nrn-top-200-chains-never-were#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:39:00 +0000 124251 at http://nrn.com Should McDonald's serve breakfast all day? http://nrn.com/blog/should-mcdonalds-serve-breakfast-all-day <div class="node-body blog-body">McDonald's sales weakness has generated some chatter that the chain should make breakfast available all day. So we put the question to two experts we know who sit on different sides of the issue.</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/should-mcdonalds-serve-breakfast-all-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/should-mcdonalds-serve-breakfast-all-day#comments Breakfast Markets Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:23:00 +0000 124741 at http://nrn.com Want to buy a public restaurant company? It'll cost you http://nrn.com/blog/want-buy-public-restaurant-company-itll-cost-you <div class="node-body blog-body">If a buyer is looking to acquire a publicly traded restaurant chain, as Philippines-based operator Jollibee is reportedly considering, it's going to cost a bundle. Restaurant companies, especially quick-service operators, are expensive right now.</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/want-buy-public-restaurant-company-itll-cost-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/want-buy-public-restaurant-company-itll-cost-you#comments Corporate News Mergers-Acquisitions Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:27:00 +0000 124641 at http://nrn.com Yes, gas prices are helping restaurants http://nrn.com/blog/yes-gas-prices-are-helping-restaurants <div class="node-body blog-body">Executives have mostly been reluctant to credit falling gas prices for rising restaurant sales, but fourth quarter results show that they are, in fact, having an impact, and it's not 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/yes-gas-prices-are-helping-restaurants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/yes-gas-prices-are-helping-restaurants#comments Corporate News Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:24:00 +0000 124331 at http://nrn.com