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Jonathan Maze The Bottom Line

Restaurant Business Executive Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze is a longtime industry journalist who writes about restaurant finance, mergers and acquisitions and the economy, with a particular focus on quick-service restaurants. He writes daily about the factors influencing the operating environment, including labor and food costs and various industry trends such as technology and delivery.

Jonathan has been widely quoted in media publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post and has appeared on CNBC, Yahoo Finance and NPR. He writes a weekly finance-focused newsletter for Restaurant Business, The Bottom Line, and is the host of the weekly podcast “A Deeper Dive.”

Financing

NPC International’s bankruptcy should be a wake-up call for franchises

The big Pizza Hut and Wendy’s operator had too much debt. But its capital structure was far from unique, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

For Aurify Brands, Le Pain Quotidien was too good a brand to pass up

The New York-based operator has completed its deal for the chain’s U.S. market and plans to reopen more than 40 locations, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

180 Degree Capital called the company’s performance “unacceptable” even with the pandemic, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

CEC Entertainment said it filed for bankruptcy protection to stop those actions. RB’s The Bottom Line explains why this might be a sign of things to come.

The drive-thru restaurant chain may have been built for a pandemic, but it wasn’t ready for one, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

A pullback on reopenings and public fears about the virus’ resurgence could be a lethal setback, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Investors are apparently willing to bet on the chain’s comeback, even if it does file for bankruptcy, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The activist investor, which once wanted to buy the chain at $40 per share, has taken a steep loss on the stock, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The chain is working to see whether its improved service times are more beneficial than Egg McMuffins after 10:30 a.m., says RB’s The Bottom Line.

By building more drive-thrus in suburbs and changing its urban strategy, the coffee giant is hoping to catch consumers as they use restaurants, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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