Reporter's Notebook http://nrn.com/blog/65421/feed en Rising costs have hurt McDonald's franchisees' profits http://nrn.com/blog/rising-costs-have-hurt-mcdonalds-franchisees-profits <div class="node-body blog-body">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 and lots of discounts.</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/rising-costs-have-hurt-mcdonalds-franchisees-profits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/rising-costs-have-hurt-mcdonalds-franchisees-profits#comments Commodities Same-store sales Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:22:00 +0000 122331 at http://nrn.com Could Wendy's give breakfast another try? http://nrn.com/blog/could-wendys-give-breakfast-another-try <div class="node-body blog-body">Speaking on Bloomberg TV, Wendy's CEO Emil Brolick wouldn't rule out another try at breakfast. But don't expect it anytime soon. </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/could-wendys-give-breakfast-another-try" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/could-wendys-give-breakfast-another-try#comments Breakfast Corporate News Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:18:00 +0000 122001 at http://nrn.com Restaurants had a strong third quarter http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-had-strong-third-quarter <div class="node-body blog-body">Led by pizza chains, steak concepts, Mexican chains and, of course, Chipotle, the restaurant industry had a surprisingly strong third quarter.</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-had-strong-third-quarter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-had-strong-third-quarter#comments Markets Fast Casual Same-store sales Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:39:00 +0000 121821 at http://nrn.com Should Yum Brands spin off its China business? http://nrn.com/blog/should-yum-brands-spin-its-china-business <div class="node-body blog-body">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 refranchising restaurants there or spinning off a portion of the business on a Chinese stock exchange.</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-its-china-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/should-yum-brands-spin-its-china-business#comments Corporate News Markets Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:01:00 +0000 121611 at http://nrn.com Will customization revitalize McDonald's? http://nrn.com/blog/will-customization-revitalize-mcdonalds <div class="node-body blog-body">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 strategy. But will it work?</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/will-customization-revitalize-mcdonalds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/will-customization-revitalize-mcdonalds#comments Corporate News Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:18:00 +0000 121441 at http://nrn.com Using Taco Bell's ordering and payment mobile app http://nrn.com/blog/using-taco-bells-ordering-and-payment-mobile-app <div class="node-body blog-body">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 exploring the software found. </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/using-taco-bells-ordering-and-payment-mobile-app" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/using-taco-bells-ordering-and-payment-mobile-app#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Mon, 08 Dec 2014 20:34:00 +0000 121101 at http://nrn.com Restaurants are unloading corporate jets http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-are-unloading-corporate-jets <div class="node-body blog-body">Over the past month, three restaurant companies have said they plan to eliminate their corporate jets amid major cost cutting moves.</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-are-unloading-corporate-jets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-are-unloading-corporate-jets#comments Finance Corporate News Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 03 Dec 2014 19:23:00 +0000 121051 at http://nrn.com Looking for the next Chipotle, investors bid up restaurant IPOs http://nrn.com/blog/looking-next-chipotle-investors-bid-restaurant-ipos <div class="node-body blog-body">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 fast-casual chains are going public.</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/looking-next-chipotle-investors-bid-restaurant-ipos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/looking-next-chipotle-investors-bid-restaurant-ipos#comments Corporate News Mergers-Acquisitions Reporter&#039;s Notebook Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:12:00 +0000 120841 at http://nrn.com Fazoli's is for sale, but not to DineEquity http://nrn.com/blog/fazolis-sale-not-dineequity <div class="node-body blog-body">Sources have confirmed a New York Post report that Fazoli's is for sale, but have refuted reports that the buyer is DineEquity. </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/fazolis-sale-not-dineequity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/fazolis-sale-not-dineequity#comments Corporate News Mergers-Acquisitions Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:30:00 +0000 120711 at http://nrn.com 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