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The Bottom Line

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.”


Raising Cane's outperforms Chick-fil-A on one key metric

The Bottom Line: The fast-casual chain generates nearly $5 million in sales per unit selling chicken fingers. But that’s not the most impressive thing about it.


Take-private deals could become more common, even for recent IPOs

The Bottom Line: The grill-maker Weber received a buyout offer just one year after its initial public offering. Could the same thing happen with newly public restaurants?

The Bottom Line: Mergers with restaurant chains have been tough to come by for the investment firms, so they’ve expanded their reach.

The Bottom Line: Demand for drive-thrus soared during the pandemic. That traffic has fallen this year as people go back into restaurants. Is the industry focused too much on that business?

The Bottom Line: The company’s surprise announcement that it would sell doughnuts in nine locations has raised a few questions.

The Bottom Line: More companies are pushing value as consumers feel the pinch of inflation. But the offers are more expensive and likely kept to the app.

The Bottom Line: The fake meat maker is cutting 19% of its workforce in the latest sign that the plant-based trend is past its peak.

The Bottom Line: The owner of Fatburger and Johnny Rockets is looking for deals after taking a break but finds the market to be a lot slower this year.

The Bottom Line: The sandwich chain quietly eliminated its chicken breast from the menu. Operators weren’t exactly disappointed with the decision.

The Bottom Line: Aneil Lala and Neal Wadhwa left the hedge fund world to become franchisees. They quickly found that humanity can yield financial results.

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