Consumers are increasingly questioning restaurants’ value
The Bottom Line: Black Box data suggests diners aren't so sure they're getting their money's worth amid soaring menu prices.
Skippers has a new owner and growth plan
The onetime cult favorite has shrunk to five full-fledged restaurants and 128 stations in c-stores and supermarkets. The buyer, the distribution company Harbor Wholesale, intends to grow the brand.
Companies are still lining up to go public despite recent volatility
The Bottom Line: Tropical Smoothie Café and Coopers Hawk are both reportedly planning upcoming IPOs, adding to a growing list. But some recent offerings haven’t fared well.
Who are Dutch Bros' biggest competitors? It's complicated
A quarter of the chain’s sales come from its "Blue Rebel" energy drinks and it does just as much business in the afternoon as it does in the morning. Its competition goes well beyond Dunkin' and Starbucks.
What'll it be for a COVID-wisened industry, experience or convenience?
Sweet & Sour: Nancy Kruse and Peter Romeo look at the oft-voiced theory that the pandemic has shifted the focus of restaurant customers and operators to the convenience of takeout and delivery. Neither one is buying it. Some axe throwing and a drink, anyone?
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