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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
May 19, 2015

Restaurants need to improve labor productivity

Labor costs and employee recruitment are growing problems in the restaurant industry. The answer? Higher productivity....More
May 17, 2015

Why restaurants should keep things simple1

Dickey's got a lesson a few years ago when it tried testing salads: The chain can't be all things to all people....More
May 16, 2015

How one Burger King franchisee got employees to upsell2

How did one Burger King franchisee reverse sales and traffic declines? He started giving his workers bonuses....More
May 15, 2015

McDonald's loses more ground2

The gap between McDonald's Corp. and its QSR competitors widened in the first quarter....More
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

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