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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....

Social marketing without a smartphone app

Nov 12, 2014
Today there is “social marketing” tied to such virtual worlds as FaceBook, Twitter and Pinterest, and then there’s social marketing...

Daphne's California Greek considers shift to new name/concept

Nov 07, 2014
Daphne's California Greek unit to be reconnected as Yalla Mediterranean...

Restaurants added lots of jobs in October

Nov 07, 2014
Restaurants added 42,000 jobs in October amid signs of improving sales and traffic number, according to new government data....

Restaurants only now recovering from the payroll tax hike

Nov 06, 2014
It's taken a while, but restaurants are only now starting to recover from the payroll tax holiday...

One big reason pizza chains thrive

Nov 05, 2014
Both Domino's and Papa John's have been among the best performing restaurant chains of late. Why? Both make it very easy for customers to order their...

Chuck E. Cheese’s, Peter Piper Pizza numbers – Last looks for a spell?

Oct 31, 2014
The Oct. 17 announcement that Peter Piper Pizza had been acquired by CEC Entertainment Inc. means there is a new $1 billion-plus domestic sales...

McDonald's evolving its ad campaign

Oct 29, 2014
McDonald's is making a lot of changes to lift its weakest sales results in more than a decade. That includes the company's ad campaign....

Can Noodles, Potbelly stocks recover?

Oct 27, 2014
The stock prices for last year's two big IPOs, Noodles...
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