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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
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

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