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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

Why Subway is no easy fix

Too many locations and low unit volumes make the chain's challenges difficult. But they're not insurmountable, says RB's The Bottom Line.

Financing

Dunkin’ had one huge advantage over Starbucks during the pandemic

The chain has a lot more drive-thru locations in the U.S., which helped it recover more quickly during quarantine, says RB’s the Bottom Line.

The Landry’s owner is reportedly in talks with the blank-check company Fast Acquisition Corp., says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The pizza chain, which has enjoyed an unprecedented run of same-store sales growth, says it is focused on growing its overall sales, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Darden Restaurants CEO Gene Lee doesn’t think growth in to-go orders is as “sticky” as people want it to be, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Tastemaker Acquisition Corp., a restaurant-focused acquisition vehicle formed by former Barteca and Jamba executives, raised more than expected in its offering, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

With merger and acquisition activity picking up again, RB’s The Bottom Line provides suggestions for a few notable deals.

Publicly traded chains had a surprisingly positive year in 2020, thanks almost entirely to limited-service concepts, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Franchisors benefit from higher sales, while franchisees need to make a profit. The difference frequently causes controversy, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

New sales data shows the industry has lost footing after a summer of recovery as shutdowns take hold, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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