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The Bottom Line

Jonathan Maze The Bottom Line

The musings of Executive Editor Jonathan Maze.

Financing

Mendocino Farms rolls with the changes

The fast-casual sandwich chain is taking its offerings outside of California while evolving to meet the needs of changing consumers, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

Chains shift their focus to operations

As customers increasingly demand convenience, companies such as Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Dunkin' and Starbucks are focusing on operations to drive sales, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

RB’s The Bottom Line examines the bankruptcy filing of Perkins & Marie Callender’s, which came after a brutal two-year period for the company.

The continued maturation of the third-party aggregation business is both good and bad news for restaurants, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The conveyor belt sushi chain raised $41 million on its first day of trading, proving Wall Street will welcome small restaurant chains, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Matt Maloney also accused competitors of “price gouging” as he defended his company against complaints of false charges and cybersquatting, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Chipotle, Starbucks and McDonald’s were all able to build sales with their digital efforts, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

After saying for some time that it saw little impact from the services, the chain now says the service is hurting sales, says RB’s The Bottom Line. What changed?

A December phone call led to an unlikely pairing and one of the most interesting deals in years, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The proposed $58 million offering could end a long dry period and make the public markets available to small chains again, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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