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Financing

Bravo Brio rejects takeover bid from Romano's Macaroni Grill

The two-concept Italian operation says its pending acquisition by a Swiss private-equity group is a better deal.

Operations

Outback parent bows to an activist investor

Bloomin' Brands agreed to add an industry veteran to its board under an agreement with Jana Partners, one of two shareholders that have been sympathetic to spinning off secondary brands.

MTY Food Group will buy another chain operator; the combined company will have 75 restaurant brands.

Restaurants gave and received their share of aha's. Here's a sampling.

Restaurant dealmaking is at its highest level in 11 years. The transactions record could be shattered if these blockbuster acquisitions, already the subjects of Wall Street speculation, should go down.

The private-equity firm that owns Chuck E. Cheese's is cited as a contender.

Venerable business principles and concepts were shipped off to the old folks' home this week, worsening observers' neck arthritis.

Management says the venerable Italian chain will use the filing to renegotiate leases on 37 closed sites.

The chain was acquired by a private-equity firm run by restaurant franchisees.

The steakhouse company says it wants to stay at the high end of the market.