Reporter's Notebook http://nrn.com/blog/65421/feed en Post Darden, restaurants more receptive to activists http://nrn.com/blog/post-darden-restaurants-more-receptive-activists <div class="node-body blog-body">Recent announcements by Panera, Jamba Juice show restaurants taking a more conciliatory tone with activists</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/post-darden-restaurants-more-receptive-activists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/post-darden-restaurants-more-receptive-activists#comments Corporate News Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:21:00 +0000 131221 at http://nrn.com Could McDonald's USA follow Japan in closing stores? http://nrn.com/blog/could-mcdonalds-usa-follow-japan-closing-stores <div class="node-body blog-body">McDonald's Japan is planning to close 131 underperforming stores there</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-mcdonalds-usa-follow-japan-closing-stores" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/could-mcdonalds-usa-follow-japan-closing-stores#comments Corporate News Same-store sales Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:48:00 +0000 131121 at http://nrn.com Blaze Pizza sees possible IPO in future http://nrn.com/blog/blaze-pizza-sees-possible-ipo-future <div class="node-body blog-body">Fast-casual pizza leader gunning to be fifth-largest pizza brand within five years</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/blaze-pizza-sees-possible-ipo-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/blaze-pizza-sees-possible-ipo-future#comments Corporate News Fast Casual Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:55:00 +0000 131081 at http://nrn.com Are consumers eating out more than eating in? http://nrn.com/blog/are-consumers-eating-out-more-eating <div class="node-body blog-body">Data show that consumers are eating out more often at restaurants</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/are-consumers-eating-out-more-eating" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/are-consumers-eating-out-more-eating#comments Consumer Trends Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:43:00 +0000 131001 at http://nrn.com Are consumers rejecting giant restaurant chains? http://nrn.com/blog/are-consumers-rejecting-giant-restaurant-chains <div class="node-body blog-body">Four of the five largest restaurant chains in the country either saw a sales decline or were largely flat in 2014. </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/are-consumers-rejecting-giant-restaurant-chains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/are-consumers-rejecting-giant-restaurant-chains#comments Markets Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:14:00 +0000 130751 at http://nrn.com Can McDonald's go premium? http://nrn.com/blog/can-mcdonalds-go-premium <div class="node-body blog-body">The chain has a long line of failed premium products</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-mcdonalds-go-premium" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/can-mcdonalds-go-premium#comments Same-store sales Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:19:00 +0000 130541 at http://nrn.com Bojangles files for an IPO http://nrn.com/blog/bojangles-files-ipo <div class="node-body blog-body">Bojangles Inc. filed for an initial public offering Monday, making it the latest restaurant chain hoping to get rewarded by consumer investors on Wall Street.</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/bojangles-files-ipo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/bojangles-files-ipo#comments Corporate News Markets Reporter&#039;s Notebook Mon, 06 Apr 2015 23:22:00 +0000 130291 at http://nrn.com An oil company gets into the restaurant business http://nrn.com/blog/oil-company-gets-restaurant-business <div class="node-body blog-body">The oil industry is weak thanks to low crude prices. The fast casual sector is booming. So maybe it's not a surprise that one company would give up the oil business to get into restaurants.</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/oil-company-gets-restaurant-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/oil-company-gets-restaurant-business#comments Fast Casual Mergers-Acquisitions Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 03 Apr 2015 16:03:00 +0000 130101 at http://nrn.com Why investors love franchisees http://nrn.com/blog/why-investors-love-franchisees <div class="node-body blog-body">A perfect storm of low interest rates and growing interest from private equity groups and other investors is driving up the prices for large-scale franchisees of well-known brands.</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-investors-love-franchisees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/why-investors-love-franchisees#comments Mergers-Acquisitions Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 02 Apr 2015 20:13:00 +0000 130031 at http://nrn.com Broadening recovery could help more restaurants http://nrn.com/blog/broadening-recovery-could-help-more-restaurants <div class="node-body blog-body">While employment is up, wages have been stagnant. But higher wages by the end of the year could be a boon for 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/broadening-recovery-could-help-more-restaurants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/broadening-recovery-could-help-more-restaurants#comments Markets Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:25:00 +0000 129821 at http://nrn.com 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