Sales & Finance

How your restaurant sales and profits compare to competitors' and what you can do to improve financial performance

maple boxes

The wave of headless restaurants has been rolling into the off-premise ecosystem. But recent closures of early entrants indicate that the waters are not calm.

The decline of full-service chains is palpable. Three of the major casual-dining players—TGI Fridays, Applebee’s and Chili’s—were all down more than 2% in sales. What do these brands have to do to...

Over 80% of the limited-service segment’s sales comes from QSRs. While several menu categories performed well, coffee cafes saw sales grow 9.7%. By upgrading offerings, these coffee concepts (all...

modern market pizza

This year's newcomers come in the form of DIY pizza places, better-for-you fast casuals or an unpretentious, approachable vibe wrapped in a full-service experience.

Operators can learn from those chains that jumped in the ranks, as well as from those that plummeted. Revise the better-for-you definition…often “We’re seeing the next generation of healthy concepts...

The Top 500 chains saw a year-over-year sales boost of 3.6% in 2016, down from 2015’s 5% gain and just under the overall industry’s 3.9% growth. Unit buildup among the Top 500 also slipped to 1.7% (...

for lease signs

With competition pushing up rents, a group of Washington, D.C., restaurateurs gathered to compare best practices. Here's a download.

shophouse southeast asian kitchen

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. wrote that “maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists,” and so it has been with the coming-of-age fast-casual restaurant segment.

Two burger giants recently battled it out with an atypical weapon: cheesy sides. Technomic’s MenuSurf program found that a greater percentage of consumers say they’d visit Burger King for its Cheesy...

in n out burger tray

A restaurant chain's sales don't always reflect customer satisfaction, and vice versa. Here, we rank the leading limited-service chains using a formula that includes financials, consumer satisfaction and value.