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Playing the Field
By diversifying their portfolios with multiple brands, franchisees can ensure financial stability and operational efficiency.
Playing the Long Game
From swapping out fluorescents for LED lights to installing solar panels, energy-efficient upgrades can help brands save money.
Quality at a Cost
Raising the bar on ingredients comes at a premium. Find out how some operators are making it work.
The Chapter After Chapter 11
Bankruptcy may conjure images of financial ruin, but it can offer a rare opportunity to reboot the brand.
A Fresh Take on Financing a Fast Casual
Fast Casual 2.0 brands are attracting big investor dollars. Here’s what the innovative new concepts have to offer in return.
Making an Exit
Whether retiring or moving on to new pursuits, the day will come when it’s time to sell your business. Here’s what you need to know.
Off the Beaten Path
Nonbank lenders and crowdfunding sites give growing brands a number of finance options beyond the usual loan.
As quick serves expand into foreign regions, the cost landscape also changes.
VertsKebap Raises Minimum Wage to $10/Hour
As part of its commitment to strengthen investment in restaurant employees, growing fast-casual brand VertsKebap announced it will increase its minimu...
Juice It Up! Sales Jump 10 Percent in Q4
Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie franchises, announced that same-store sales were up 10 percent over ...
McDonald's Ends 2015 on a High Note
Despite some lingering doubts around McDonald’s latest turnaround effort, the fast-food titan’s fourth quarter numbers indicate it is on the rise.
Pizza Patrón Finishes 2015 with Strongest Year Ever
Pizza Patrón same-store sales for 2015 rose 2.3 percent, rolling over a 10.1 percent increase in 2014.
Pieology Receives Investment from Panda Restaurant Group
Pieology Pizzeria, where pizza lovers go to create artisan-style custom pizzas in endless flavor combinations, is proud to announce its strategic inve...
L.A. Fast Casual Hopes to Ride Hawaiian Dish to Success
A Los Angeles–based concept is hoping to spin its innovative take on a regional seafood dish into national fast-casual success.
Q4 Slowdown May Indicate Challenges in 2016
The good news is 2015 was a much better year than 2014 for the restaurant industry; the bad news is same-store sales growth continued to decelerate du...
Tropical Smoothie Sees Strongest Growth in 19-Year History
Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast-casual café known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced its strongest ye...
Bruster's Sees Best Sales in 27-Year History
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, America’s favorite frozen treat chain, served up its best sales performance in its 27-year history during 2015, laying the g...
Piada Receives Another Infusion of Capital
Piada Italian Street Food received an additional growth capital investment from Greenwich, Connecticut–based Catterton, the leading consumer-focused p...
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