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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...

Should McDonald's serve breakfast all day?

Jan 26, 2015
McDonald's sales weakness has generated some chatter that the chain should make breakfast available all day. So we put the question to two experts we...

Want to buy a public restaurant company? It'll cost you

Jan 23, 2015
If a buyer is looking to acquire a publicly traded restaurant chain, as Philippines-based operator Jollibee is reportedly considering, it's going to...

Yes, gas prices are helping restaurants

Jan 20, 2015
Executives have mostly been reluctant to credit falling gas prices for rising restaurant sales, but fourth quarter results show that they are, in...

Don't expect a Qdoba spinoff anytime soon

Jan 12, 2015
Qdoba's improving performance and a strong market for IPOs has fueled speculation that parent company Jack in the Box Inc., would spin the chain off...

Save Starry Kitchen's balls

Jan 09, 2015
Adorably goofy Kickstarter campaign attempts to raise $500,000 to save Los Angeles restaurant...

Which restaurant stock will perform best in 2015?

Jan 09, 2015
Which restaurant stock will do best in 2015? With many restaurant companies coming off a weak year on Wall Street, analysts picking in advance of...

Why Roark's long-term strategy works

Jan 06, 2015
Roark Capital buys restaurants and then keeps them, an unusual strategy for a private equity group. Neal Aronson, Roark's founder, provides insight...

International development insights, numbers and morals

Dec 30, 2014
International development veteran Jean Jacquemetton said the unit closures in South Korea recently announced by Outback Steakhouse exemplify "the...

Biglari goes activist against a board opponent

Dec 23, 2014
Earlier this week, Biglari Capital Corp. filed activist documents on two small, relatively unknown companies. Their connection? Both are connected to...

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...
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