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 How low-carb diets still affect restaurants http://nrn.com/blog/how-low-carb-diets-still-affect-restaurants <div class="node-body blog-body">As many as one out of five Americans are on a low-carb diet, which could be having a real impact on the restaurant industry.</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/how-low-carb-diets-still-affect-restaurants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/how-low-carb-diets-still-affect-restaurants#comments Same-store sales Food Trends Reporter&#039;s Notebook Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:45:00 +0000 129701 at http://nrn.com How much change will Easterbrook make? http://nrn.com/blog/how-much-change-will-easterbrook-make <div class="node-body blog-body">McDonald's Corp. appears willing to look at major changes in an effort to lift sales under new CEO Steve Easterbrook, but the full extent of those changes remains uncertain.</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/how-much-change-will-easterbrook-make" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/how-much-change-will-easterbrook-make#comments Corporate News Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:06:00 +0000 129581 at http://nrn.com Why did investors hammer Sonic's stock? http://nrn.com/blog/why-did-investors-hammer-sonics-stock <div class="node-body blog-body">Sonic Corp. this week reported a strong quarter with improving sales and margins that beat expectations. So why did the company's stock fall by more than 12 percent?</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-investors-hammer-sonics-stock" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/why-did-investors-hammer-sonics-stock#comments Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:49:00 +0000 129401 at http://nrn.com The end of the casual dining discount era http://nrn.com/blog/end-casual-dining-discount-era <div class="node-body blog-body">Several casual dining chains are ending discount strategies in order to lure a more profitable customer base.</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/end-casual-dining-discount-era" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/end-casual-dining-discount-era#comments Corporate News Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:36:00 +0000 129141 at http://nrn.com Was Steak 'n Shake nearly insolvent in 2008? http://nrn.com/blog/was-steak-n-shake-nearly-insolvent-2008 <div class="node-body blog-body">Biglari Holdings says in a recent filing with the SEC that Steak 'n Shake was 90 days from insolvency when Sardar Biglari took over as CEO. </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/was-steak-n-shake-nearly-insolvent-2008" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/was-steak-n-shake-nearly-insolvent-2008#comments Corporate News Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:49:00 +0000 129001 at http://nrn.com Ignite's stock tumbles, but Macaroni Grill not to blame http://nrn.com/blog/ignites-stock-tumbles-macaroni-grill-not-blame <div class="node-body blog-body">Ignite Restaurant Group's stock price has fallen nearly 30 percent in the last three days. And it has nothing to do with the company's recent sale of Macaroni Grill.</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/ignites-stock-tumbles-macaroni-grill-not-blame" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/ignites-stock-tumbles-macaroni-grill-not-blame#comments Markets Mergers-Acquisitions Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:52:00 +0000 128921 at http://nrn.com Biglari Holdings defends its CEO http://nrn.com/blog/biglari-holdings-defends-its-ceo <div class="node-body blog-body">A group of investors is seeking all six board seats</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-holdings-defends-its-ceo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/biglari-holdings-defends-its-ceo#comments Corporate News Mergers-Acquisitions Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:58:00 +0000 128371 at http://nrn.com Why Ignite sold Macaroni Grill for so little http://nrn.com/blog/why-ignite-sold-macaroni-grill-so-little <div class="node-body blog-body">The $8 million price that Ignite Restaurant Group received for Macaroni Grill is extraordinarily cheap</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-ignite-sold-macaroni-grill-so-little" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/why-ignite-sold-macaroni-grill-so-little#comments Corporate News Mergers-Acquisitions Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:24:00 +0000 128211 at http://nrn.com QSRs are taking business from McDonald's http://nrn.com/blog/qsrs-are-taking-business-mcdonalds <div class="node-body blog-body">Quick-service restaurants are taking business away from McDonald's largely by replicating the chain's strategy for success, suggesting that problems affecting the burger giant are more simple than they're being made out to be.</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/qsrs-are-taking-business-mcdonalds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/qsrs-are-taking-business-mcdonalds#comments Same-store sales Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:14:00 +0000 128091 at http://nrn.com Can kale save McDonald's? http://nrn.com/blog/can-kale-save-mcdonalds <div class="node-body blog-body">McDonald's Corp's efforts to lift sales in the U.S. will apparently involve kale. </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-kale-save-mcdonalds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/can-kale-save-mcdonalds#comments Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Mon, 09 Mar 2015 20:16:00 +0000 128051 at http://nrn.com