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The Bottom Line: Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings want to buy more brands, and they have plenty of choices.
The week's big announcements, from completion of the Arby's-BWW merger to the newest wrinkles in Chipotle's turnaround plan, sometimes overshadowed small revelations with big implications. Here are a few of those tidbits you likely missed.
Inspire Brands, which owns Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings, is a new kind of brand operator.
With their $2.9 billion merger closed, the two brands created Inspire Brands as a growth vehicle.
This weekend should be big for chains doing more delivery and takeout.
Operators are recouping dollars through off-premise booze.
Chains built around chicken wings are rejiggering menus to keep costs in check.
Roark and Arby's first inquired about buying the chain in February, before the stock plunged following CEO Sally Smith's resignation.
Count Mother Nature squarely among the parties generating the loudest buzz, along with a hotelier in a new job and a one-time online bookseller.
Papa John's, Chipotle, Panera, Buffalo Wild Wings among companies whose top executives left in 2017.
Up-and-coming restaurant chains and what’s propelling their growth
Food trends and recipes to keep menus fresh
New restaurants and soon-to-open concepts worth monitoring
RB’s exclusive ranking of the highest-grossing independent restaurants
Peter Romeo highlights the moments restaurateurs miss at their own peril
Ideas from the field you may want to borrow