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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
Dec 08, 2014

Using Taco Bell's ordering and payment mobile app

The food customization feature of Taco Bell's mobile app has the potential to increase user spend, two of the five Nation's Restaurant News editors....More
Dec 03, 2014

Restaurants are unloading corporate jets

Over the past month, three restaurant companies have said they plan to eliminate their corporate jets amid major cost cutting moves....More
Dec 01, 2014

Looking for the next Chipotle, investors bid up restaurant IPOs

Seven restaurant chains that have gone public in the past two years have seen their stocks go up by nearly 70 percent on average. The reason? More....More
Nov 26, 2014

Fazoli's is for sale, but not to DineEquity

Sources have confirmed a New York Post report that Fazoli's is for sale, but have refuted reports that the buyer is DineEquity....More
Nov 25, 2014

Should Yum Brands spin off Taco Bell?1

Should Yum Brands spin off Taco Bell? The company should at least consider the idea, according to one restaurant analyst....More
Nov 24, 2014

Biglari Holdings faces its own proxy contest

Biglari Holdings, the owner of Steak n Shake and Western Sizzlin and big investor in Cracker Barrel, has been a frequent instigator of proxy fights....More
Nov 20, 2014

Gluten-free diets might be hurting Italian chains1

Most Italian chains have struggled to gain sales traction in recent quarters. One reason might be gluten-free diets....More
Nov 19, 2014

Popeyes gets an activist

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is the latest restaurant chain to get an activist investor. Red Mountain Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based firm, has....More

Lisa Jennings

Follow @livetodineout From the Los Angeles office, Lisa Jennings covers companies based in the West, including California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Alaska and...

Ron Ruggless

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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