Reporter's Notebook http://nrn.com/blog/65421/feed en 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 Don't expect a Qdoba spinoff anytime soon http://nrn.com/blog/dont-expect-qdoba-spinoff-anytime-soon <div class="node-body blog-body">Qdoba's improving performance and a strong market for IPOs has fueled speculation that parent company Jack in the Box Inc., would spin the chain off. But don't expect that to happen soon, at least according to the company's CEO, Leonard Comma.</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/dont-expect-qdoba-spinoff-anytime-soon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/dont-expect-qdoba-spinoff-anytime-soon#comments Corporate News Fast Casual Reporter&#039;s Notebook Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:57:00 +0000 123491 at http://nrn.com Save Starry Kitchen's balls http://nrn.com/blog/save-starry-kitchens-balls <div class="node-body blog-body">Adorably goofy Kickstarter campaign attempts to raise $500,000 to save Los Angeles restaurant</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/save-starry-kitchens-balls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/save-starry-kitchens-balls#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Sat, 10 Jan 2015 00:22:00 +0000 123481 at http://nrn.com Which restaurant stock will perform best in 2015? http://nrn.com/blog/which-restaurant-stock-will-perform-best-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">Which restaurant stock will do best in 2015? With many restaurant companies coming off a weak year on Wall Street, analysts picking in advance of next week's ICR XChange investor conference have plenty to choose from.</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/which-restaurant-stock-will-perform-best-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/which-restaurant-stock-will-perform-best-2015#comments Corporate News Markets Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 09 Jan 2015 21:32:00 +0000 123431 at http://nrn.com Why Roark's long-term strategy works http://nrn.com/blog/why-roarks-long-term-strategy-works <div class="node-body blog-body">Roark Capital buys restaurants and then keeps them, an unusual strategy for a private equity group. Neal Aronson, Roark's founder, provides insight into that strategy, as well as franchising and today's high-priced environment.</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-roarks-long-term-strategy-works" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/why-roarks-long-term-strategy-works#comments Finance Mergers-Acquisitions Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 06 Jan 2015 15:15:00 +0000 123091 at http://nrn.com International development insights, numbers and morals http://nrn.com/blog/international-development-insights-numbers-and-morals <div class="node-body blog-body">International development veteran Jean Jacquemetton said the unit closures in South Korea recently announced by Outback Steakhouse exemplify "the typical boom-and-bust cycle there. as each brand tries to muscle out the other."</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/international-development-insights-numbers-and-morals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/international-development-insights-numbers-and-morals#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 30 Dec 2014 20:13:00 +0000 122291 at http://nrn.com Biglari goes activist against a board opponent http://nrn.com/blog/biglari-goes-activist-against-board-opponent <div class="node-body blog-body">Earlier this week, Biglari Capital Corp. filed activist documents on two small, relatively unknown companies. Their connection? Both are connected to the CEO of a hedge fund that nominated six candidates to the Biglari Holdings board last month.</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-goes-activist-against-board-opponent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/biglari-goes-activist-against-board-opponent#comments Corporate News Mergers-Acquisitions Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 23 Dec 2014 21:11:00 +0000 122821 at http://nrn.com Rising costs have hurt McDonald's franchisees' profits http://nrn.com/blog/rising-costs-have-hurt-mcdonalds-franchisees-profits <div class="node-body blog-body">The run-up in average unit sales for franchisees at McDonald's Corp. haven't quite been as profitable as you'd expect. The reason? Rising food costs and lots of discounts.</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/rising-costs-have-hurt-mcdonalds-franchisees-profits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/rising-costs-have-hurt-mcdonalds-franchisees-profits#comments Commodities Same-store sales Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:22:00 +0000 122331 at http://nrn.com Could Wendy's give breakfast another try? http://nrn.com/blog/could-wendys-give-breakfast-another-try <div class="node-body blog-body">Speaking on Bloomberg TV, Wendy's CEO Emil Brolick wouldn't rule out another try at breakfast. But don't expect it anytime soon. </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-wendys-give-breakfast-another-try" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/could-wendys-give-breakfast-another-try#comments Breakfast Corporate News Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:18:00 +0000 122001 at http://nrn.com Restaurants had a strong third quarter http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-had-strong-third-quarter <div class="node-body blog-body">Led by pizza chains, steak concepts, Mexican chains and, of course, Chipotle, the restaurant industry had a surprisingly strong third quarter.</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-had-strong-third-quarter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-had-strong-third-quarter#comments Markets Fast Casual Same-store sales Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:39:00 +0000 121821 at http://nrn.com Should Yum Brands spin off its China business? http://nrn.com/blog/should-yum-brands-spin-its-china-business <div class="node-body blog-body">Weak sales for the past two years at Yum Brands' China division could lead to pressure on the company to restructure that business, either by refranchising restaurants there or spinning off a portion of the business on a Chinese stock exchange.</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-yum-brands-spin-its-china-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/should-yum-brands-spin-its-china-business#comments Corporate News Markets Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:01:00 +0000 121611 at http://nrn.com Will customization revitalize McDonald's? http://nrn.com/blog/will-customization-revitalize-mcdonalds <div class="node-body blog-body">McDonald's plan to expand its customization platform to 2,000 units by the end of the year is an indication that it's a major part of its turnaround strategy. But will it work?</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-customization-revitalize-mcdonalds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/will-customization-revitalize-mcdonalds#comments Corporate News Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:18:00 +0000 121441 at http://nrn.com Using Taco Bell's ordering and payment mobile app http://nrn.com/blog/using-taco-bells-ordering-and-payment-mobile-app <div class="node-body blog-body">The food customization feature of Taco Bell's mobile app has the potential to increase user spend, two of the five Nation's Restaurant News editors exploring the software found. </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/using-taco-bells-ordering-and-payment-mobile-app" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/using-taco-bells-ordering-and-payment-mobile-app#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Mon, 08 Dec 2014 20:34:00 +0000 121101 at http://nrn.com