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Jonathan Maze The Bottom Line

Restaurant Business Executive Editor 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.”


CFO departure sends delivery company Waitr’s stock plunging

The departure comes as the delivery provider faces a lawsuit, a boycott, financial losses and is for sale, says RB’s The Bottom Line.


Why Wendy’s believes this breakfast attempt will work

The company says that it can quickly generate up to 10% of its sales via the morning daypart. RB’s The Bottom Line examines how.

Operators’ rate of leverage has soared in recent years, which may become a burden in an economic downturn, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Restaurant prices are up 11% since 2015 and 3.2% over the past year, making up much of the industry’s growth, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

A surprising controversy regarding the McDonald’s-DoorDash offer shows that consumers will be the ones who pay for delivery, says RB’s The Botton Line.

It’s not as far-fetched as you think. Shifting dynamics in the industry could well push more of the industry toward third-party sellers, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The presence of growing operating companies will continue to put pressure on stand-alone chains to get larger, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

RB’s The Bottom Line takes a look at the giant’s surprising announcement of a plant-based burger test in Canada, and what it means for the company and plant-based products in general.

Rather than give the company long-term growth, it led investors to force a sale and the company’s ultimate breakup, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Closures by retail chains like Fred’s and GameStop continue a brutal pattern in 2019, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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