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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
Nov 18, 2014

Why did Ruth's sell Mitchell's for so little?

Ruth's Hospitality Group sold Mitchell's Fish Market for $10 million, or one-ninth the price it paid to get the concept back in early 2008. But a....More
Nov 14, 2014

Small chickens will cost more next year

Chains like Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen can expect to pay more for chicken next year. The reason? Their chickens are too small....More
Nov 12, 2014

Social marketing without a smartphone app

Today there is “social marketing” tied to such virtual worlds as FaceBook, Twitter and Pinterest, and then there’s social marketing....More
Nov 07, 2014

Daphne's California Greek considers shift to new name/concept

Daphne's California Greek unit to be reconnected as Yalla Mediterranean....More
Nov 07, 2014

Restaurants added lots of jobs in October

Restaurants added 42,000 jobs in October amid signs of improving sales and traffic number, according to new government data....More
Nov 06, 2014

Restaurants only now recovering from the payroll tax hike

It's taken a while, but restaurants are only now starting to recover from the payroll tax holiday....More
Nov 05, 2014

One big reason pizza chains thrive

Both Domino's and Papa John's have been among the best performing restaurant chains of late. Why? Both make it very easy for customers to order their....More
Oct 31, 2014

Chuck E. Cheese’s, Peter Piper Pizza numbers – Last looks for a spell?

The Oct. 17 announcement that Peter Piper Pizza had been acquired by CEC Entertainment Inc. means there is a new $1 billion-plus domestic sales....More
Oct 29, 2014

McDonald's evolving its ad campaign

McDonald's is making a lot of changes to lift its weakest sales results in more than a decade. That includes the company's ad campaign....More
Oct 27, 2014

Can Noodles, Potbelly stocks recover?

The stock prices for last year's two big IPOs, Noodles....More
Oct 23, 2014

Will Tim Hortons help Burger King's breakfast?

Burger King's proposed $11.4 billion merger with Tim Hortons could do something it has been unable to do for years: Improve its success at breakfast....More
Oct 21, 2014

Three things chains need before an IPO

Three recommendations from an IPO expert on what investors are looking for in growth restaurant chains that go public....More

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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...

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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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