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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
Apr 15, 2015

Blaze Pizza sees possible IPO in future1

Fast-casual pizza leader gunning to be fifth-largest pizza brand within five years....More
Apr 15, 2015

Are consumers eating out more than eating in?1

Data show that consumers are eating out more often at restaurants....More
Apr 13, 2015

Are consumers rejecting giant restaurant chains?

Four of the five largest restaurant chains in the country either saw a sales decline or were largely flat in 2014....More
Apr 09, 2015

Can McDonald's go premium?2

The chain has a long line of failed premium products....More
Apr 06, 2015

Bojangles files for an IPO

Bojangles Inc. filed for an initial public offering Monday, making it the latest restaurant chain hoping to get rewarded by consumer investors on....More
Apr 03, 2015

An oil company gets into the restaurant business

The oil industry is weak thanks to low crude prices. The fast casual sector is booming. So maybe it's not a surprise that one company would give up....More
Apr 02, 2015

Why investors love franchisees

A perfect storm of low interest rates and growing interest from private equity groups and other investors is driving up the prices for large-scale....More
Mar 31, 2015

Broadening recovery could help more restaurants

While employment is up, wages have been stagnant. But higher wages by the end of the year could be a boon for the restaurant industry....More

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