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5 Big Takeaways From Restaurant Earnings Season

3 months ago

Brands are being pulled in all directions but there are consistent messages coming out of earnings season, both in terms of shortcomings and triumphs.

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Taco Bell Brings American Mexican Food to London

3 months ago

As sales have slowed for the restaurant industry in the U.S., Taco Bell is investing elsewhere to drum up that double digit same-store sales growth.

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What Happens When Patient Investors Bank on $2 Waffles

3 months ago

Family funds are more patient than private equity, which can make them an exceptional partner for any chain bent on stable growth.

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Filipino Fried Chicken Giant Jollibee to Focus on U.S. Growth

3 months ago

Despite his goofy description of Jollibee's chicken, Tanmantiong and his team aren't kidding around. They see an opportunity to grab a new generation of consumers looking for something different (and good) and they're chasing it at their brand and the others that they control.

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The Sushi Chain Pioneer That Perfected Conveyor Belt Service

3 months ago

The systems, patents, and technology are reminiscent of the innovations the McDonald's brothers brought to the burger game decades ago.

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Shake Shack CEO: Expect More Delayed Openings This Year

3 months ago

When routine opening problems surface — vendor disputes, landlord hassles — it doesn't look great for any restaurant trying to open. For Shake Shack, those same problems are magnified due to the brand's high level of awareness in each market.

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Starbucks Lays Off 350 Employees Through Corporate Cutbacks

3 months ago

Starbucks warned that these cuts were coming in September. It's not a surprising move to trim ranks under new executive leadership; hopefully, this will allow the chain to be more nimble when it comes to digital innovation in the U.S.

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What Went Wrong at Honeygrow?

3 months ago

It's a familiar story of bad real estate decisions and branding mistakes fueled by millions of private equity dollars that didn't leave much room for Honeygrow to slow down and expand in a measured, deliberate way.

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Del Frisco CEO: Fast Forward After Fast Casual Acquisition Bartaco

3 months ago

The potential to scale Bartaco is huge for Del Frisco, given the concept's high profit margins. But if the CEO sees the 18-unit taco chain becoming a 300-unit behemoth in the future, it's going to take a lot of smart real estate decisions to get there.

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Activist Investor Reveals Significant Stake in Jack in the Box

3 months ago

Jack in the Box's leadership is likely happy that these investors are not clamoring for the CEO change that many as its franchisees are.

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Papa John’s Franchisees Are Lawyering Up

3 months ago

All throughout the year franchisees have been gearing up for a fight. The next few years are likely to reshape the franchise model in the U.S.

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Canadian Coffee Chain Plans to Partially Pivot to Cannabis

3 months ago

As marijuana is legalized in more places, the opportunities for restaurants and cafes to think about how they work in parallel may be huge.