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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 could sell Pizza Hut restaurants to other concepts

The operator, battling with its franchisor in court over sale procedures, wants to open the process up to anyone, even other concepts, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

With office workers at home, Corner Bakery struggles

The fast-casual chain is reportedly hiring restructuring advisors, making it the latest urban chain to face challenges, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

There is little incentive for the chain to bring back Egg McMuffins after 10:30, and plenty of incentive not to, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The steakhouse chain and its popular salad bar declared bankruptcy to renegotiate leases, but its challenges run deeper, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The lanes generate stronger returns for their restaurants, making them increasingly popular even before the pandemic, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The quarantine forced customers out West to think of the chain more than just a doughnut shop, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

RB’s The Bottom Line looks at the investor’s latest claim as he ramps up a proxy campaign against the family dining chain.

Restaurants’ sales recovery has been slower in shopping centers, and there are signs that malls are changing for good, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Industry job growth slowed last month, a sign that operators are not bringing back workers as capacities remain limited, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

While suburban sites are thriving, urban sites have struggled during the pandemic, and the changes could be lasting, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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