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Nov 05, 2014

One big reason pizza chains thrive

Both Domino's and Papa John's have been among the best performing restaurant chains of late. Why? Both make it very easy for customers to order their....More
Oct 31, 2014

Chuck E. Cheese’s, Peter Piper Pizza numbers – Last looks for a spell?

The Oct. 17 announcement that Peter Piper Pizza had been acquired by CEC Entertainment Inc. means there is a new $1 billion-plus domestic sales....More
Oct 29, 2014

McDonald's evolving its ad campaign

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....More
Oct 27, 2014

Can Noodles, Potbelly stocks recover?

The stock prices for last year's two big IPOs, Noodles....More
Oct 23, 2014

Will Tim Hortons help Burger King's breakfast?

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....More
Oct 21, 2014

Three things chains need before an IPO

Three recommendations from an IPO expert on what investors are looking for in growth restaurant chains that go public....More
Oct 20, 2014

Here's a big reason McDonald's is losing share

Chick-fil-A has taken market share from McDonald's thanks to its success with families....More
Oct 16, 2014

Bill Simon returns to Darden's board

Darden’s newest board member is an old board member....More
Oct 13, 2014

Yum completes Banh Shop sign, logo change

Yum replaces sign, logos after controversy at emerging Banh Shop concept....More
Jul 22, 2014

Ops snafus that most bug restaurant guests

What bugs restaurant guests the most? Dirty utensils, tables lead gripes in Consumer Reports survey....More
Jul 18, 2014

Taco Bell motivates employees, customers to finish high school2

Education is good for workers, and it’s good for business....More
Jul 01, 2014

Papa John's gets its kicks

Papa John's centers half-off pizza giveaway on the other 'football'....More
Jun 18, 2014

Average U.S. diner tips 18 percent, study indicates

Average U.S. diner tips 18 percent, study indicates....More
May 21, 2014

Paying it forward with training

Outside the minimum-wage debate, brands explore ways to drive sales by better training hourly workers....More
May 19, 2014

MenuMasters winners put best feet forward

A stylish footwear trend seems to be developing among MenuMasters honorees....More

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