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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
Dec 30, 2014

International development insights, numbers and morals

International development veteran Jean Jacquemetton said the unit closures in South Korea recently announced by Outback Steakhouse exemplify "the....More
Dec 23, 2014

Biglari goes activist against a board opponent

Earlier this week, Biglari Capital Corp. filed activist documents on two small, relatively unknown companies. Their connection? Both are connected to....More
Dec 18, 2014

Rising costs have hurt McDonald's franchisees' profits

The run-up in average unit sales for franchisees at McDonald's Corp. haven't quite been as profitable as you'd expect. The reason? Rising food costs....More
Dec 16, 2014

Could Wendy's give breakfast another try?

Speaking on Bloomberg TV, Wendy's CEO Emil Brolick wouldn't rule out another try at breakfast. But don't expect it anytime soon....More
Dec 12, 2014

Restaurants had a strong third quarter

Led by pizza chains, steak concepts, Mexican chains and, of course, Chipotle, the restaurant industry had a surprisingly strong third quarter....More
Dec 11, 2014

Should Yum Brands spin off its China business?

Weak sales for the past two years at Yum Brands' China division could lead to pressure on the company to restructure that business, either by....More
Dec 09, 2014

Will customization revitalize McDonald's?

McDonald's plan to expand its customization platform to 2,000 units by the end of the year is an indication that it's a major part of its turnaround....More

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