Reporter's Notebook http://nrn.com/blog/65421/feed en 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 McDonald's evolving its ad campaign http://nrn.com/blog/mcdonalds-evolving-its-ad-campaign <div class="node-body blog-body">McDonald's is making a lot of changes to lift its weakest sales results in more than a decade. That includes the company's ad campaign.</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-evolving-its-ad-campaign" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/mcdonalds-evolving-its-ad-campaign#comments Advertising Corporate News Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:07:00 +0000 118881 at http://nrn.com Can Noodles, Potbelly stocks recover? http://nrn.com/blog/can-noodles-potbellys-stock-recover <div class="node-body blog-body">The stock prices for last year's two big IPOs, Noodles & Company and Potbelly Corporation, have struggled over the past year as their sales have disappointed. But an analyst gives the stocks hope for recovery.</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-noodles-potbellys-stock-recover" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/can-noodles-potbellys-stock-recover#comments Corporate Markets Fast Casual Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:54:00 +0000 118741 at http://nrn.com Will Tim Hortons help Burger King's breakfast? http://nrn.com/blog/will-tim-hortons-help-burger-kings-breakfast <div class="node-body blog-body">Burger King's proposed $11.4 billion merger with Tim Hortons could do something it has been unable to do for years: Improve its success at breakfast.</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/will-tim-hortons-help-burger-kings-breakfast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/will-tim-hortons-help-burger-kings-breakfast#comments Corporate Mergers-Acquisitions Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:32:00 +0000 118331 at http://nrn.com Three things chains need before an IPO http://nrn.com/blog/three-things-chains-need-ipo <div class="node-body blog-body">Three recommendations from an IPO expert on what investors are looking for in growth restaurant chains that go public. </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/three-things-chains-need-ipo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/three-things-chains-need-ipo#comments Corporate Markets Mergers-Acquisitions Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:45:00 +0000 118241 at http://nrn.com Here's a big reason McDonald's is losing share http://nrn.com/blog/heres-big-reason-mcdonalds-losing-share <div class="node-body blog-body">Chick-fil-A has taken market share from McDonald's thanks to its success with families.</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/heres-big-reason-mcdonalds-losing-share" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/heres-big-reason-mcdonalds-losing-share#comments Consumer Trends Corporate Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:29:00 +0000 118131 at http://nrn.com Bill Simon returns to Darden's board http://nrn.com/blog/bill-simon-returns-dardens-board <div class="node-body blog-body">Darden’s newest board member is an old board member</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/bill-simon-returns-dardens-board" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/bill-simon-returns-dardens-board#comments Casual Dining Corporate People Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:07:00 +0000 118041 at http://nrn.com Yum completes Banh Shop sign, logo change http://nrn.com/blog/yum-completes-banh-shop-sign-logo-change <div class="node-body blog-body">Yum replaces sign, logos after controversy at emerging Banh Shop 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/yum-completes-banh-shop-sign-logo-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/yum-completes-banh-shop-sign-logo-change#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:27:00 +0000 117751 at http://nrn.com Ops snafus that most bug restaurant guests http://nrn.com/blog/ops-snafus-most-bug-restaurant-guests <div class="node-body blog-body">What bugs restaurant guests the most? Dirty utensils, tables lead gripes in Consumer Reports survey</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/ops-snafus-most-bug-restaurant-guests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/ops-snafus-most-bug-restaurant-guests#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:46:00 +0000 112001 at http://nrn.com Taco Bell motivates employees, customers to finish high school http://nrn.com/blog/taco-bell-motivates-employees-customers-finish-high-school <div class="node-body blog-body">Education is good for workers, and it’s good for business</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/taco-bell-motivates-employees-customers-finish-high-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/taco-bell-motivates-employees-customers-finish-high-school#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:04:00 +0000 111731 at http://nrn.com Papa John's gets its kicks http://nrn.com/blog/papa-johns-gets-its-kicks <div class="node-body blog-body">Papa John's centers half-off pizza giveaway on the other 'football'</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/papa-johns-gets-its-kicks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/papa-johns-gets-its-kicks#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:31:00 +0000 110071 at http://nrn.com Average U.S. diner tips 18 percent, study indicates http://nrn.com/blog/average-us-diner-tips-18-percent-study-indicates <div class="node-body blog-body">Average U.S. diner tips 18 percent, study indicates</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/average-us-diner-tips-18-percent-study-indicates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/average-us-diner-tips-18-percent-study-indicates#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 18 Jun 2014 06:24:00 +0000 108691 at http://nrn.com Paying it forward with training http://nrn.com/blog/paying-it-forward-training <div class="node-body blog-body">Outside the minimum-wage debate, brands explore ways to drive sales by better training hourly workers</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/paying-it-forward-training" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/paying-it-forward-training#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 21 May 2014 19:42:00 +0000 107071 at http://nrn.com MenuMasters winners put best feet forward http://nrn.com/blog/menumasters-winners-put-best-feet-forward <div class="node-body blog-body">A stylish footwear trend seems to be developing among MenuMasters honorees</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/menumasters-winners-put-best-feet-forward" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/menumasters-winners-put-best-feet-forward#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Mon, 19 May 2014 20:59:00 +0000 106901 at http://nrn.com West Coast innovation in spotlight at Restaurant High http://nrn.com/blog/west-coast-innovation-spotlight-restaurant-high <div class="node-body blog-body">Annual conference organized by Riley Lagesen of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP brings together some of the best and brightest innovators from the West Coast and beyond.</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/west-coast-innovation-spotlight-restaurant-high" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/west-coast-innovation-spotlight-restaurant-high#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Mon, 12 May 2014 23:38:00 +0000 106401 at http://nrn.com