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The Bottom Line

Jonathan Maze The Bottom Line

The musings of Executive Editor Jonathan Maze.

Leadership

Howard Schultz for president? No.

A run would not just tarnish the Starbucks founder’s image, but also that of the company, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

Fat Brands gets a loan from Steak ‘n Shake’s owner

A hedge fund owned by the CEO of Biglari Holdings made a $20 million loan to the operator of Fatburger, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

A consolidation trend that started with supermarkets has spread to restaurant chains, and that has major implications for the industry, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The restaurant recession has been hardest on concepts in the middle, says RB’s The Bottom Line, and that should push the industry toward more consolidation.

Sales at the largest third-party providers rose 55%, but many operators still question the math, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Speaking on CNBC, CEO Steve Ritchie said the chain hopes John Schnatter will benefit from its turnaround, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The company’s sales have worsened over the past 18 months, and things aren’t getting any easier, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Both chains have lost customers since shifting away from popular discounts, says RB’s The Bottom Line. Maybe that’s a good thing.

Chili’s lower margins freaked out Wall Street, RB’s The Bottom Line says, but that might be more common in the future.

RB’s The Bottom Line takes a look at the companies currently seeking buyers, and a few that might actually sell.