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Jul 01, 2015

Investors are betting on restaurants

Blog: Investors seem to have rediscovered the restaurant industry so far in 2015, but they've been cautious about it....More
Jun 30, 2015

Want to generate higher sales? Don't franchise

Blog: Restaurants that don't franchise generated higher sales last year than those that do franchise, according to Technomic....More
Jun 29, 2015

J. Alexander's officially withdraws its IPO

Blog: J. Alexander's has officially withdrawn its plan for an IPO, proving that some restaurant companies can't quite go that route....More
Jun 26, 2015

Some companies still like running restaurants

Blog: Recent acquisitions of franchisees by Buffalo Wild Wings and Chili's show that some brands still like running restaurants. Here's why....More
Jun 19, 2015

The problem with going public

Blog: Lots of restaurant companies are going public, but life for a public company can be trouble....More
Jun 17, 2015

How Starbucks operates like a tech giant

Blog: Starbucks' decision to close 23 La Boulange Bakery locations shows how the concept acts more like a tech company....More
Jun 15, 2015

How will investors receive Fogo de Chão?

Blog: Investors have given strong valuations to restaurants over the past two years, but not so for casual dining chains....More
Jun 10, 2015

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill makes jump to East Coast

Blog: California concept expands to the Washington, D.C. area for the first time....More
Jun 10, 2015

Pizza Hut to debut Hot Dog Bites pie

Blog: The pizza will debut on June 18....More
Jun 09, 2015

Restaurants had a really good first quarter

Blog: Restaurants not only saw their sales increase in the first quarter, but profits increased, too....More
Jun 05, 2015

Gearing up for growth, Tender Greens innovates with hydroponics

Blog: Fast-casual concept aims to take its local, organic farm-to-table model to the East Coast....More
Jun 05, 2015

Restaurant buyers are analyzing leases

Blog: Private equity groups are scanning hundreds of lease documents, looking for gold, or traps, when they buy restaurant chains....More
Jun 04, 2015

The downside of strong IPO valuations

Blog: Growth chains are getting strong valuations when they go public, but this can cause real problems when expectations aren't met....More
Jun 03, 2015

Nelson Peltz reducing his Wendy's holdings

Blog: Nelson Peltz is reducing his ownership of The Wendy's Company but will remain its largest shareholder....More
Jun 02, 2015

How a real estate spinoff would help Darden

Blog: Darden is expected to complete its study of real estate options soon. Here's why the company will spin it off....More

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Follow @livetodineout From the Los Angeles office, Lisa Jennings covers companies based in the West, including California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Alaska and...

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Ron Ruggless covers the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. He joined Nation's Restaurant News in 1992 after working 10 years in...
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