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Starbucks Bets on Delivery to Save Its China Business

4 months ago

As recovery strategies go, hooking people on delivery coffee isn't a terrible idea.

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Yum’s China Operator Is Multi-Billion Dollar Target of Private Equity Firms

4 months ago

Despite recent challenges, there's no reason to believe Yum China's growth and profitability will soon outpace that of its U.S. parent company. Especially with a savvy local group like Hillhouse backing it.

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Starbucks Might Launch a Television Ad Campaign to Revise Image

4 months ago

Will that be enough to change public perception for the brand? Regardless, Starbucks' CEO has his work cut out for himself here.

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McDonald’s Delivery Business Is Booming

4 months ago

McDonald's is proving just how profitable delivery can be for restaurants in this space. For the chains that continue to hold back on delivery, it's their loss.

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Chipotle’s Focus on In-Store Employees Pays Off in Guest Satisfaction

4 months ago

Chipotle's digital initiatives get a lot of play for their potential impact during the much-needed turnaround for the brand, but turns out real satisfaction comes from properly trained, hospitable in-store employees.

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Ousted as Chairman, Papa John’s Founder Refuses to Go Quietly

4 months ago

Usually, we talk about how hard it is to reclaim your name if it's associated with a restaurant. For Papa John's, the problem seems to be how to rid itself of its founder's name, image, and meddling.

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McDonald’s Breakfast Push Helps It Beat Earnings Estimates

4 months ago

McDonald's willingness to try multiple new things at the same time is rare for a giant of its size, and it appears to be paying off.

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The Cost of Remodeling a Fast-Fine Concept

4 months ago

It's hard to go a week without hearing of a restaurant that has newly embraced some type of fast-casual, fast-fine, fine-casual model. Here, we look at the costs associated with actually making that leap through the lens of a regional Southern sandwich chain.

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Papa John’s Fall Is Hurting Papa John’s Franchisees

4 months ago

Turns out, it's really hard to distance yourself from the company's racist founder when his name is blazed across every pizza box.

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Papa John’s Adds a Poison Pill to Its Corporate Menu

4 months ago

Some founders cannot see beyond their own egos for what's best for the company they helped build. And for a founder who has insisted for years that he be the public face of the company — no matter how badly the marketing performed — the size of that ego could be an insurmountable challenge.

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U.K. Casual-Dining Continues Crumble With Gaucho Collapse

4 months ago

Casual-dining chains often end up in the position of overpaying for real estate in order to be where the people are right now, as opposed to building up a clientele like a neighborhood joint would. They also have to deal with more complicated financial deals that make it difficult to weather shifts in consumer tastes.

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Papa John’s-Wendy’s Merger Talks Derailed by Ex-Chairman’s Gaffe

4 months ago

Here's an interesting twist. Also, one has to wonder if any established, respected brand would consider doing business with Papa John's at the moment.