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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.”

Financing

Noodles & Co. gets an activist

Tenzing Global Management bought up 5% of the fast-casual chain’s stock and plans to push changes, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

Can defranchising save TGI Fridays?

The company believes buying up franchisee restaurants will improve performance, but there are steep risks, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The chain’s 38% same-store sales growth was one of the strongest numbers in industry history, proving the chicken sandwich was a black swan event, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The company wasn't interested in something large, and Habit will give the company U.S. unit growth, says RB's The Bottom Line.

Kitopi nabbed $60 million to expand in the U.S. as delivery-focused kitchens continue to gain steam, says RB’s The Bottom Line. But is it too much, too fast?

The fast-growing chain defended its numbers after an anonymous report questioned the company’s model, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

A BDO survey says 70% of industry financial chiefs expect a downturn in the next year or two even as they’re optimistic for their own companies, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The burger chain has lost 13% of its same-store customer count over the past seven years, even as store count has shrunk, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

More chains are pushing fake meat even as sales at other chains falter, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Bankruptcy filings by Bar Louie, Krystal and American Blue Ribbon all reflect the industry’s competitive and operational challenges, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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