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Mar 03, 2015

McDonald's looking for ideas at SXSW1

McDonald's is going to SXSW. The company isn't just a big sponsor of the event, it is looking for ideas that could use technology to transform the....More
Feb 27, 2015

Macaroni Grill expands fast-casual format to dinner daypart

Macaroni Grill expands fast-casual Kitchen Counter lunch format to dinner daypart....More
Feb 27, 2015

Could these restaurant chains go private?

High valuations for restaurant stocks make it unlikely that many will get taken private this year....More
Feb 26, 2015

Why McDonald's won't ever get rid of its real estate1

Periodically, McDonald's gets pushed to unload its real estate, usually in a spinoff, and the company says no every time. The reason: The real estate....More
Feb 24, 2015

Restaurant costs are up, but so are sales

Restaurants reporting earnings have frequently reported remarkably strong sales numbers, which has often been enough to hide rising costs for both....More
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

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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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