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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.”

Financing

How long will restaurant traffic remain an afterthought?

Sales continue to surge at many restaurant chains as operators raise prices and customers make bigger orders. But traffic will have to be a concern eventually, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

Posted signs highlight the debate between restaurants and their workers

While operators use signs to complain about the lack of workers, employees use them to stage walkouts, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The burger chain, which had been an aggressive No. 2 in the burger business, has fallen behind Wendy’s and underperformed both of its chief rivals, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

There have been six deals in seven days plus one IPO and an upgraded SPAC merger as dealmaking makes up for lost time. RB’s The Bottom Line examines why.

Large franchisees have scooped up Fuddruckers, Au Bon Pain and now Taco Cabana in recent days. But owning a brand is quite different, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

IPOs by JDE/Peet’s and Krispy Kreme, and perhaps Panera Bread, signal a major shift in strategy for a firm many thought had long-term aspirations, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The industry is facing rising costs for labor, food and real estate and could look a lot different in the next 12 to 18 months, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Soaring valuations and a dearth of publicly traded consumer companies are setting the stage for a flurry of industry IPOs, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The tech-infused fast-casual salad chain’s public offering has been a long time coming but it already has a sky-high valuation, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The drive-thru coffee chain, which is planning to go public, has grown quickly but not as quick as you’d think, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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