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Umami Burger rolls out 'real sugar' Pepsi sodas

Mar 04, 2015
Umami Burger rolls out new "real sugar" soda line from PepsiCo, including Pepsi, Mountain Dew and Sierra Mist...

Don Thompson will still get paid this year

Mar 03, 2015
Don Thompson may no longer be CEO of McDonald's Corp., but he'll still get paid....

McDonald's looking for ideas at SXSW

Mar 03, 2015
McDonald's is going to SXSW. The company isn't just a big sponsor of the event, it is looking for ideas that could use technology to transform the...

Macaroni Grill expands fast-casual format to dinner daypart

Feb 27, 2015
Macaroni Grill expands fast-casual Kitchen Counter lunch format to dinner daypart...

Could these restaurant chains go private?

Feb 27, 2015
High valuations for restaurant stocks make it unlikely that many will get taken private this year....

Why McDonald's won't ever get rid of its real estate

Feb 26, 2015
Periodically, McDonald's gets pushed to unload its real estate, usually in a spinoff, and the company says no every time. The reason: The real estate...

Restaurant costs are up, but so are sales

Feb 24, 2015
Restaurants reporting earnings have frequently reported remarkably strong sales numbers, which has often been enough to hide rising costs for both...

Restaurants killed it in January

Feb 18, 2015
According to federal data, sales at restaurants and drinking places rose 13.1 percent in January, year over year, further evidence that the industry...

Activist seeks to oust Biglari

Feb 13, 2015
An activist investor is looking to oust the company's CEO at Biglari Holdings, according to a recent SEC filing....

Whataburger fetes ketchup cup with Twitter art

Feb 13, 2015
Whataburger celebrates ketchup cup's 30th anniversary by engaging Twitter fans with ketchup portraits...

Is Biglari exiting Cracker Barrel?

Feb 06, 2015
Sardar Biglari appears to be winding down his holdings in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.. Biglari’s hedge fund, The Lion Fund, said in...

Shake Shack's IPO valuation outperforms the industry

Feb 03, 2015
Owners of high-growth restaurant chains looking to raise some cash would be silly to do anything but sell stock to the public, and last week’s...

Could QSRs survive a $15 minimum wage?

Jan 29, 2015
A $15 national minimum wage wouldn't be cheap. But at least one study indicates that quick-service restaurant chains would be able to survive without...
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