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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
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

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