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Delay on J. Alexander's merger vote irks an activist

Marathon Partners accuses J. Alexander's of "manipulation" in its effort to merge with Ninety Nine Restaurants, says RB's The Bottom Line.

Financing

Robert Earl takes an interest in Bravo Brio

The founder of Planet Hollywood is now an activist investor in the casual-dining operator, The Bottom Line says.

A weak stock market has prevented restaurant IPOs for more than two years, says RB's The Bottom Line.

The Bottom Line: Industry stocks are up thanks to sales improvement and tax reform, but they lag the broader markets.

A pair of advisory firms are recommending that shareholders vote against the deal.

Ando shutters its New York City operation.

The Bottom Line: Deals such as Arby's acquisition of Buffalo Wild Wings show a shift in investor thinking.

The movie theater-restaurant chain hopes to raise up to $40 million from investors to expand.

The company says the deal would bolster its long-term growth.

Roark and Arby's first inquired about buying the chain in February, before the stock plunged following CEO Sally Smith's resignation.