Most Recent Blog Posts

A toast to juice as mixers

May 22, 2015
Juice bar concepts see an opportunity with more-healthful mixers for home mixologists....

Will an IPO lift a restaurant chain's sales?

May 21, 2015
Free publicity from an IPO should be good for a restaurant chain's sales, right? Not necessarily....

Why Arby's didn't refranchise

May 20, 2015
Arby's opted not to refranchise its company-owned units. The result? It reaped the benefits of higher sales and profits....

PizzaRev to launch delivery service in Los Angeles

May 19, 2015
Fast-casual pizza players will not likely be able to compete on cost...

Restaurants need to improve labor productivity

May 19, 2015
Labor costs and employee recruitment are growing problems in the restaurant industry. The answer? Higher productivity....

Why restaurants should keep things simple

May 17, 2015
Dickey's got a lesson a few years ago when it tried testing salads: The chain can't be all things to all people....

How one Burger King franchisee got employees to upsell

May 16, 2015
How did one Burger King franchisee reverse sales and traffic declines? He started giving his workers bonuses....

McDonald's loses more ground

May 15, 2015
The gap between McDonald's Corp. and its QSR competitors widened in the first quarter....

Gas prices fall, and restaurant sales surge

May 13, 2015
Restaurants have quickly narrowed the gap between them and grocery stores. The reason? Gas prices....

Could menu cuts follow McDonald's drive-thru change?

May 12, 2015
Chain plans to pare down drive-thru menu to most popular items...

Darden's Jeff Smith on breadsticks and activism

May 11, 2015
Jeff Smith, CEO of Starboard Value and chairman at Darden Restaurants, actually likes Olive Garden's breadsticks....

How beef costs hit one small chain

May 08, 2015
The price of beef has more than doubled since 2008 for Square 1 Burgers & Bar, an eight-unit burger concept out of Tampa....

Hamburglar, The King make their comebacks

May 07, 2015
The Hamburglar and The King, both long thought retired, recently made comebacks, pointing to the enduring nature of restaurant chain mascots....

Turnaround plan hurts McDonald's credit rating

May 05, 2015
McDonald's debt downgraded by one bond rating agency, and another might do the same...

May the Fourth be with you

May 04, 2015
May the Fourth is the unofficial Star Wars Day and an opportunity for cross-generation marketing....

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