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Rising costs have hurt McDonald's franchisees' profits

Dec 18, 2014
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...

Could Wendy's give breakfast another try?

Dec 16, 2014
Speaking on Bloomberg TV, Wendy's CEO Emil Brolick wouldn't rule out another try at breakfast. But don't expect it anytime soon....

Restaurants had a strong third quarter

Dec 12, 2014
Led by pizza chains, steak concepts, Mexican chains and, of course, Chipotle, the restaurant industry had a surprisingly strong third quarter....

Should Yum Brands spin off its China business?

Dec 11, 2014
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...

Will customization revitalize McDonald's?

Dec 09, 2014
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...

Using Taco Bell's ordering and payment mobile app

Dec 08, 2014
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...

Restaurants are unloading corporate jets

Dec 03, 2014
Over the past month, three restaurant companies have said they plan to eliminate their corporate jets amid major cost cutting moves....

Looking for the next Chipotle, investors bid up restaurant IPOs

Dec 01, 2014
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...

Fazoli's is for sale, but not to DineEquity

Nov 26, 2014
Sources have confirmed a New York Post report that Fazoli's is for sale, but have refuted reports that the buyer is DineEquity....

Should Yum Brands spin off Taco Bell?

Nov 25, 2014
Should Yum Brands spin off Taco Bell? The company should at least consider the idea, according to one restaurant analyst....

Biglari Holdings faces its own proxy contest

Nov 24, 2014
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....

Gluten-free diets might be hurting Italian chains

Nov 20, 2014
Most Italian chains have struggled to gain sales traction in recent quarters. One reason might be gluten-free diets....

Popeyes gets an activist

Nov 19, 2014
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is the latest restaurant chain to get an activist investor. Red Mountain Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based firm, has...

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

Nov 18, 2014
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...

Small chickens will cost more next year

Nov 14, 2014
Chains like Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen can expect to pay more for chicken next year. The reason? Their chickens are too small....
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