Reporter's Notebook http://nrn.com/blog/65421/feed Reporter's Notebook is NRN's newsroom blog, where our editors give their points of view on news happening in the restaurant business. en Should Yum Brands spin off Taco Bell? http://nrn.com/blog/should-yum-brands-spin-taco-bell <div class="node-body blog-body">Should Yum Brands spin off Taco Bell? The company should at least consider the idea, according to one restaurant analyst.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/should-yum-brands-spin-taco-bell" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/should-yum-brands-spin-taco-bell#comments Corporate News Mergers-Acquisitions Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:07:00 +0000 120681 at http://nrn.com Biglari Holdings faces its own proxy contest http://nrn.com/blog/biglari-holdings-faces-its-own-proxy-contest <div class="node-body blog-body">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. But now it's the subject of an effort by investors to overthrow its board.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/biglari-holdings-faces-its-own-proxy-contest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/biglari-holdings-faces-its-own-proxy-contest#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:28:00 +0000 120561 at http://nrn.com Gluten-free diets might be hurting Italian chains http://nrn.com/blog/gluten-free-diets-might-be-hurting-italian-chains <div class="node-body blog-body">Most Italian chains have struggled to gain sales traction in recent quarters. One reason might be gluten-free diets.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/gluten-free-diets-might-be-hurting-italian-chains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/gluten-free-diets-might-be-hurting-italian-chains#comments Consumer Trends Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:33:00 +0000 120311 at http://nrn.com Popeyes gets an activist http://nrn.com/blog/popeyes-gets-activist <div class="node-body blog-body">Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is the latest restaurant chain to get an activist investor. Red Mountain Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based firm, has taken a 5.1-percent position in the chicken concept.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/popeyes-gets-activist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/popeyes-gets-activist#comments Corporate Corporate News Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:54:00 +0000 120251 at http://nrn.com Why did Ruth's sell Mitchell's for so little? http://nrn.com/blog/why-did-ruths-sell-mitchells-so-little <div class="node-body blog-body">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 deeper look shows the chain got a fair price for the struggling concept.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/why-did-ruths-sell-mitchells-so-little" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/why-did-ruths-sell-mitchells-so-little#comments Corporate Markets Mergers-Acquisitions Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:04:00 +0000 120151 at http://nrn.com Small chickens will cost more next year http://nrn.com/blog/small-chickens-will-cost-more-next-year <div class="node-body blog-body">Chains like Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen can expect to pay more for chicken next year. The reason? Their chickens are too small.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/small-chickens-will-cost-more-next-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/small-chickens-will-cost-more-next-year#comments Commodities Markets Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:54:00 +0000 120001 at http://nrn.com Social marketing without a smartphone app http://nrn.com/blog/social-marketing-without-smartphone-app <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Today there is <a href="http://nrn.com/industry-data/social-media-200">&ldquo;social marketing&rdquo; </a>tied to such virtual worlds as FaceBook, Twitter and Pinterest, and then there&rsquo;s social marketing tied to the real world. I witnessed the latter during a Major League Soccer match between the San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles Galaxy at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/social-marketing-without-smartphone-app" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/social-marketing-without-smartphone-app#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:15:00 +0000 119781 at http://nrn.com Daphne's California Greek considers shift to new name/concept http://nrn.com/blog/daphnes-california-greek-considers-shift-new-nameconcept <div class="node-body blog-body">Daphne's California Greek unit to be reconnected as Yalla Mediterranean</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/daphnes-california-greek-considers-shift-new-nameconcept" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/daphnes-california-greek-considers-shift-new-nameconcept#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 07 Nov 2014 22:15:00 +0000 119541 at http://nrn.com Restaurants added lots of jobs in October http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-added-lots-jobs-october <div class="node-body blog-body">Restaurants added 42,000 jobs in October amid signs of improving sales and traffic number, according to new government data. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-added-lots-jobs-october" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-added-lots-jobs-october#comments Corporate News Markets Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:26:00 +0000 119471 at http://nrn.com Restaurants only now recovering from the payroll tax hike http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-only-now-recovering-payroll-tax-hike <div class="node-body blog-body">It's taken a while, but restaurants are only now starting to recover from the payroll tax holiday</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-only-now-recovering-payroll-tax-hike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-only-now-recovering-payroll-tax-hike#comments Markets Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 06 Nov 2014 22:05:00 +0000 119461 at http://nrn.com