Peter Romeo's Reality Check
A powerful chain is poking a toe into breakfast, a new restaurant job is taking shape, a wave of restaurant IPOs appear to be on the horizon, and not every brand sees magic in order-ahead apps.
Third-party delivery may be getting all the buzz, but a growing number of operations are showing renewed interest in a more familiar means of capturing off-premise sales.
An ebbing tide lowers all boats, as most restaurant operations can attest at the moment. Then there are the situations more akin to a shipwreck. Here are some high-profile chains that are still struggling mightily to right themselves.
Cheesecake Factory says it has a second fast-casual venture in the works, Dunkin' convenes a workforce Woodstock, Noodles clears the table and McDonald's touts its merits as a first job.