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Feb 18, 2015

Restaurants killed it in January

According to federal data, sales at restaurants and drinking places rose 13.1 percent in January, year over year, further evidence that the industry....More
Feb 13, 2015

Activist seeks to oust Biglari

An activist investor is looking to oust the company's CEO at Biglari Holdings, according to a recent SEC filing....More
Feb 13, 2015

Whataburger fetes ketchup cup with Twitter art

Whataburger celebrates ketchup cup's 30th anniversary by engaging Twitter fans with ketchup portraits....More
Feb 06, 2015

Is Biglari exiting Cracker Barrel?

Sardar Biglari appears to be winding down his holdings in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.. Biglari’s hedge fund, The Lion Fund, said in....More
Feb 03, 2015

Shake Shack's IPO valuation outperforms the industry

Owners of high-growth restaurant chains looking to raise some cash would be silly to do anything but sell stock to the public, and last week’s....More
Jan 29, 2015

Could QSRs survive a $15 minimum wage?3

A $15 national minimum wage wouldn't be cheap. But at least one study indicates that quick-service restaurant chains would be able to survive without....More
Jan 26, 2015

Should McDonald's serve breakfast all day?

McDonald's sales weakness has generated some chatter that the chain should make breakfast available all day. So we put the question to two experts we....More
Jan 23, 2015

Want to buy a public restaurant company? It'll cost you

If a buyer is looking to acquire a publicly traded restaurant chain, as Philippines-based operator Jollibee is reportedly considering, it's going to....More
Jan 20, 2015

Yes, gas prices are helping restaurants

Executives have mostly been reluctant to credit falling gas prices for rising restaurant sales, but fourth quarter results show that they are, in....More
Jan 12, 2015

Don't expect a Qdoba spinoff anytime soon

Qdoba's improving performance and a strong market for IPOs has fueled speculation that parent company Jack in the Box Inc., would spin the chain off....More
Jan 09, 2015

Save Starry Kitchen's balls

Adorably goofy Kickstarter campaign attempts to raise $500,000 to save Los Angeles restaurant....More
Jan 09, 2015

Which restaurant stock will perform best in 2015?

Which restaurant stock will do best in 2015? With many restaurant companies coming off a weak year on Wall Street, analysts picking in advance of....More
Jan 06, 2015

Why Roark's long-term strategy works

Roark Capital buys restaurants and then keeps them, an unusual strategy for a private equity group. Neal Aronson, Roark's founder, provides insight....More

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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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