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Shake Shack’s Profit Margins Took a Hit Due to Increased Labor Costs

6 months ago

Shake Shack chose not to increase menu prices as significantly as some other chains this quarter in order to offset an increase in labor costs, and took a not-so-small hit to its profit margins in the process.

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Panera’s Ex-Owner in Legal Tussle Over Talent With New Owners

6 months ago

Shaich is clearly gearing up for his next act and he's getting the band back together.

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Wendy’s Commits an Extra $25 Million to Digital Initiatives This Year

6 months ago

Will this be enough to save Wendy's lagging comparable store sales and overall revenue growth? It sure hopes so.

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IHOP’s Burger Stunt Led to Its Best Sales Year Since 2015

6 months ago

Increased foot traffic and off-premise sales were other factors behind the brand's resurgence last year. But hats off to IHOP's marketing team.

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The Cheesecake Factory Is Making the Most of Its Delivery Partnership

6 months ago

In the land of exclusive chain partnerships, The Cheesecake Factory's relationship with DoorDash is one that it feels very comfortable bragging about.

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Starbucks Will Open an All-Day Restaurant in Shanghai

6 months ago

Starbucks' renewed focus on China comes as it has rethought strategies in other global markets. Where laissez faire works in Europe, it doesn't in China.

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Starbucks and Politics Probably Aren’t a Good Mix

6 months ago

We think the concern here is overblown, especially at this point. Where are the coffee drinkers going to go, Dunkin'?

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Taco Bell Nearly Doubles Television Advertising Spend in January

6 months ago

Last month called for the restaurant industry to recharge its TV marketing efforts after a slow holiday period. Taco Bell just did so better than anyone else.

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Blaze Pizza Gets Ready For an IPO by Taking on Domino’s and Pizza Hut

6 months ago

Blaze Pizza's IPO is not expected for another two years, which is a good thing if the company feels compelled to take on international chains at the their own game –– value meals.

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Papa John’s Offers Employees Full Tuition Coverage In Attempt to Retain Staff

6 months ago

The terms aren't as generous at the franchisee level, but, as one of Papa John's newly instated Chief People Officer Marvin Boakye's first initiatives, it's not a bad one.

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Denny’s Growth Is Tied to Modernizing its Stores

6 months ago

There is a lot of truth to the notion that franchisees can run stores better than companies. Denny's, similar to its market competitors, is now banking on this strategy for future growth.

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Grubhub Will Now Power Pizza Hut Delivery

6 months ago

This move makes sense for Pizza Hut, solely because Grubhub already operates the off-premise businesses of sister chains Taco Bell and KFC. So what if its industry pizza rivals with proprietary delivery make fun of it?