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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

Why the future is probably not plant-based

For all the focus on alternative meats and vegetarian lifestyles, there’s little evidence to suggest people are actually consuming less meat, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

Dirty Bird Fried Chxx, with one unit, gets a $20M investment

The hot chicken concept, created by the McHenry Group and opened just before the pandemic, has won an expansion investment deal from Wags Capital, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The explosion in public blank-check companies have subsided, replaced by traditional IPOs. RB’s The Bottom Line says that’s good for those that are still in the game.

The burger giant told operators they should consider closing interior seating again as cases surge in many markets.

The franchisees who’ve started their own locations have made changes to help them make money, which they couldn’t do as part of a franchise, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The very largest chains performed best in the pandemic-hurt year of 2020. And they’re coming out of it better, too, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The chain’s 700-unit deal with Reef Kitchens signals that delivery-only locations could be the next big battleground for big concepts, said RB’s The Bottom Line.

Evidence remains mixed on whether ending excess unemployment benefits would lead to a rush of applicants, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

RB’s The Bottom Line looks at the winners and losers from the past quarter and finds some impressive results, but many chains are still a long way from recovery.

As chains come out of the pandemic, they are buying other concepts at a breakneck pace. Here’s why, according to RB’s The Bottom Line.

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