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May 13, 2015

Gas prices fall, and restaurant sales surge1

Restaurants have quickly narrowed the gap between them and grocery stores. The reason? Gas prices....More
May 12, 2015

Could menu cuts follow McDonald's drive-thru change?

Chain plans to pare down drive-thru menu to most popular items....More
May 11, 2015

Darden's Jeff Smith on breadsticks and activism

Jeff Smith, CEO of Starboard Value and chairman at Darden Restaurants, actually likes Olive Garden's breadsticks....More
May 08, 2015

How beef costs hit one small chain

The price of beef has more than doubled since 2008 for Square 1 Burgers & Bar, an eight-unit burger concept out of Tampa....More
May 07, 2015

Hamburglar, The King make their comebacks

The Hamburglar and The King, both long thought retired, recently made comebacks, pointing to the enduring nature of restaurant chain mascots....More
May 05, 2015

Turnaround plan hurts McDonald's credit rating

McDonald's debt downgraded by one bond rating agency, and another might do the same....More
May 04, 2015

May the Fourth be with you

May the Fourth is the unofficial Star Wars Day and an opportunity for cross-generation marketing....More
Apr 29, 2015

Casual dining chains on the rebound

Visits to casual dining restaurants were flat over the past year, according to the NPD Group. That's a big improvement....More
Apr 28, 2015

Fast-casual pizza is no threat to traditional chains

Fast casual pizza chains won't likely take much business from traditional chains, because they have different customers....More
Apr 23, 2015

McDonald's performance is worse than you think2

McDonald's U.S. same-store sales fell 2.6 percent in the first quarter. But factor out breakfast, and the number is worse....More
Apr 23, 2015

Fertitta plans 10-acre Houston development, 1st Mastro’s in Texas

The development will combine a luxury hotel with offices and residential and retail offerings....More
Apr 22, 2015

Ideas for protecting the planet

These restaurant chains are working toward a more sustainable planet....More
Apr 21, 2015

Is it time to worry about bird flu?

The recent bird flu outbreak is long from affecting poultry prices, but restaurants should still keep a watchful eye on supplies....More
Apr 17, 2015

Post Darden, restaurants more receptive to activists

Recent announcements by Panera, Jamba Juice show restaurants taking a more conciliatory tone with activists....More
Apr 16, 2015

Could McDonald's USA follow Japan in closing stores?2

McDonald's Japan is planning to close 131 underperforming stores there....More

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