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Shake Shack tries a new strategy: Premium menu add-ons

Black truffles, cherry peppers, avocado and more are helping the fast casual drive check averages even as margins get hit by soaring labor, food and supply costs.

Financing

Tilman Fertitta wants to back out of his SPAC merger

Fertitta Entertainment, including Landry’s, has notified Fast Acquisition of its intent to terminate the deal. But the blank check company is pushing back.

Financing

Sweetgreen's valuation has taken a huge hit

The Bottom Line: The salad chain’s stock price has fallen 40% since its peak amid market volatility and questions about its market cap.

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Jack in the Box plans to buy Del Taco four years after selling Qdoba

The Bottom Line: The deal signals a shifting market in the restaurant business. But it also demonstrates why executives should reconsider overreacting to activist investors.

Operations

Why Raising Cane’s says it will never go public

Despite the recent flurry of restaurant activity on Wall Street, AJ Kumaran, co-CEO of the fast-growing chicken finger chain, said his fast casual plans to remain steadfastly private to keep its company culture intact.

Financing

Amy’s Drive Thru is taking its organic fast food up and down the west coast

Customer demand led the founders of the retail brand Amy’s Kitchen to create a restaurant. The concept is now pushing to grab a bigger piece of the market.

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But this time, the fried chicken chain is giving customers who buy a firelog, or who order on its app, a chance to win a stay at a "KFC Firelog Cabin."

Over the past two years, amid the surge of off-premise dining, ghost kitchens saw unprecedented growth and success. The growth of these technology-driven, off-premise-only facilities accelerated ra...

Private equity firm Main Post Partners has made a “strategic growth investment” in the brand, which has a presence in 2,600 locations.

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A Deeper Dive

"A Deeper Dive” is a weekly podcast from Restaurant Business dedicated to going in-depth on the most pressing challenges and opportunities restaurant operators face today, hosted by Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze.

Buzzworthy Brands

Host Heather Lalley, Senior editor at RB, talks with the founders and CEOs of emerging brands to discuss their opportunities, challenges and strategic innovations. Look for a new episode released every other Tuesday.

Menu Feed

“Menu Feed” is a biweekly podcast hosted by Senior Editor Patricia Cobe that delves into menu development and food and drink trends through lively conversations with chefs and operators.

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The limited test of the iconic D.C. area product is designed to introduce more customers to the sauce around the country.

The 34-unit casual dining concept is finding solid sales with a smaller restaurant and new service model, giving franchisees another option, according to the founder and CEO.

The move announced by Mayor de Blasio would expand the current requirement on restaurants to all employers.

The burger chain, which made a surprising deal for the Mexican concept, is not exactly ruling out another acquisition down the line.

The burger chain is paying $12.51 per share for the Mexican fast food chain to get more scale and drive more unit growth.

The Bottom Line: The deal signals a shifting market in the restaurant business. But it also demonstrates why executives should reconsider overreacting to activist investors.