Is a merger still in Papa John’s future?

John Schnatter told Fox Business that he talked with Wendy’s about merging—and that the chance of a deal has increased since the recent CEO change, says RB’s The Bottom Line.


Brinker closes on 116-unit Chili’s deal

The company said it plans to invest in the stores at an accelerated rate.

Patrick Doyle and The Carlyle Group will target consumer, retail and other companies in need of a “technological transformation.”

One Group intends to use the concept as a growth vehicle. The deal has yet to be approved by the bankruptcy court overseeing Kona’s operation.

The restaurant operator, which has bought numerous chains out of bankruptcy, has a “stalking horse” bid on another one.

The company is reportedly getting interest from both private-equity firms and strategic buyers.

The private-equity firm has been buying up stock in the sandwich chain. Exactly why is uncertain.

The polished-casual chain said it is also open to a significant “strategic” equity investment.

Construction costs and intense competition also hurt the movie theater-restaurant chain.

Comp sales across its four brands rose 0.5%, led by a 5.5% increase for Bartaco. Traffic slipped at the company’s two steakhouse chains.

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