The First Watch breakfast-and-lunch chain has acquired a direct competitor, The Egg & I, to form their crowded sector’s clear leader in terms of restaurant count. 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Jimmy John's Franchise LLC is preparing for an initial public offering that could value the popular U.S. gourmet sandwich chain at more than $2 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter....


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The campaign buses were still punching “Iowa” into the navigation system when developments dragged restaurateurs off the sidelines of the 2016 presidential election. Eighteen months out, operators might as well be the ones kissing babies and angling for an appearance on Jon Stewart’s show. There’s almost as much at stake for them as there is for the actual Oval Office aspirants.

Consider that mandatory paid leave arose as an issue on the very day Hillary...

McDonald’s Corp. is toasting its sandwich buns longer and changing how it sears and grills hamburgers, part of an effort to reinvigorate growth with “hot, tasty food.”

The increased toasting time makes the...

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A newcomer to the New York City dining scene foregoes seats, tables, even a walk-up window. Indeed, it doesn’t exist as a restaurant at all, just as a delivery app connected to a kitchen.

Restaurant Reality Check is beginning a weekly report to keep you apprised of how some of the industry’s most celebrated ICU cases are trying to rise from the Posturepedic and flex their financial might again. Parties that want to highlight their own turnaround efforts are encouraged to email us at promeo@cspnet.com.  Offended parties can object in the same manner.

McDonald’s quietly switches to “ask, ask, tell” order-...

In This Issue

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Windows of opportunity: The most promising new formats for takeout, cobranding, pop-ups and more.


Mexican fast-casual chain Cafe Rio announced today that Steve Vaughan will join the company as president and CFO, effective July 1. In this role, Vaughan will oversee the expansion of 80-unit Cafe Rio, which currently...

Facebook is testing a feature that will display reviews by professional restaurant critics on Facebook Pages. Starting today, when people look for certain U.S. restaurants on Facebook, critics’ reviews will show up along...


After a career spent largely in franchise development, Dan Stone is shifting into a top-level personnel position at Front Burner Brands, the operator of The Melting Pot fondue chain.

Stone’s new position, chief...

Last year, we began to question reality when we learned that Burger King was offering hot dogs and hamburgers for breakfast. We came to accept this over time: after all, what makes a valid breakfast varies by culture and...