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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
Jun 01, 2015

Darden board members spent time waiting tables1

Blog: Darden's new board members all spent some time working in the company's restaurants after getting elected....More
May 28, 2015

McDonald's and the problem with same-store sales

Blog: McDonald's decision to end monthly same-store sales reporting could be seen as a bad sign. That doesn't make it a wrong move....More
May 25, 2015

Shake Shack just had a spectacular week

Shake Shack is up more than 40 percent since May 14, and now has a valuation rivaling big restaurant chains....More
May 22, 2015

A toast to juice as mixers

Juice bar concepts see an opportunity with more-healthful mixers for home mixologists....More
May 21, 2015

Will an IPO lift a restaurant chain's sales?

Free publicity from an IPO should be good for a restaurant chain's sales, right? Not necessarily....More
May 20, 2015

Why Arby's didn't refranchise

Arby's opted not to refranchise its company-owned units. The result? It reaped the benefits of higher sales and profits....More
May 19, 2015

PizzaRev to launch delivery service in Los Angeles

Fast-casual pizza players will not likely be able to compete on cost....More
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