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Mar 30, 2015

How low-carb diets still affect restaurants1

As many as one out of five Americans are on a low-carb diet, which could be having a real impact on the restaurant industry....More
Mar 27, 2015

How much change will Easterbrook make?

McDonald's Corp. appears willing to look at major changes in an effort to lift sales under new CEO Steve Easterbrook, but the full extent of those....More
Mar 25, 2015

Why did investors hammer Sonic's stock?

Sonic Corp. this week reported a strong quarter with improving sales and margins that beat expectations. So why did the company's stock fall by more....More
Mar 20, 2015

The end of the casual dining discount era1

Several casual dining chains are ending discount strategies in order to lure a more profitable customer base....More
Mar 19, 2015

Was Steak 'n Shake nearly insolvent in 2008?

Biglari Holdings says in a recent filing with the SEC that Steak 'n Shake was 90 days from insolvency when Sardar Biglari took over as CEO....More
Mar 17, 2015

Ignite's stock tumbles, but Macaroni Grill not to blame7

Ignite Restaurant Group's stock price has fallen nearly 30 percent in the last three days. And it has nothing to do with the company's recent sale of....More
Mar 12, 2015

Biglari Holdings defends its CEO

A group of investors is seeking all six board seats....More
Mar 11, 2015

Why Ignite sold Macaroni Grill for so little2

The $8 million price that Ignite Restaurant Group received for Macaroni Grill is extraordinarily cheap....More
Mar 10, 2015

QSRs are taking business from McDonald's2

Quick-service restaurants are taking business away from McDonald's largely by replicating the chain's strategy for success, suggesting that problems....More
Mar 09, 2015

Can kale save McDonald's?

McDonald's Corp's efforts to lift sales in the U.S. will apparently involve kale....More
Mar 06, 2015

Restaurants, bars added 58,700 net new jobs in February

Restaurants, bars added 58,700 net new jobs in February, with three-month pace nearing record levels....More
Mar 05, 2015

2014 winners: Pretty much everybody

Perhaps most remarkable was the performance of family dining....More
Mar 04, 2015

Umami Burger rolls out 'real sugar' Pepsi sodas

Umami Burger rolls out new "real sugar" soda line from PepsiCo, including Pepsi, Mountain Dew and Sierra Mist....More
Mar 03, 2015

Don Thompson will still get paid this year

Don Thompson may no longer be CEO of McDonald's Corp., but he'll still get paid....More
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

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