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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

The economy is strong, and the labor market is improving

The Bottom Line: Restaurant industry job creation has been steady and largely shrugged off two recent surges. And there are signs people are coming back to work.

Financing

After more than a decade of smooth driving, Domino’s hits a rut

The Bottom Line: With sales slowing and drivers hard to find, the pizza delivery chain is turning to a pair of executives in Russell Weiner and David Brandon who played key roles in its historic turnaround.

The Bottom Line: With their costs soaring, chains are moving off traditional value prices. But some are cutting back on what’s included with the offer. There are perils either way.

The Bottom Line: Operators are raising prices at levels not seen in decades. They say consumers are paying them. But that may only last so long.

The Bottom Line: The company’s sales announcement this week provided an incomplete picture of its performance. But that doesn’t mean we can’t draw some conclusions.

The Bottom Line: The Fat Brands founder and CEO is under a federal investigation over spending charged to the company. It comes 16 years after he was released from prison on a felony conviction.

The Bottom Line: Recent sales weakness along with cost increases have taken a bite out of profitability. The company says it is working to get them back.

The Bottom Line: The famed investor is not a big shareholder. But he is close to igniting a proxy war against the burger giant over what he says is an unkept promise on the use of gestation crates.

The Bottom Line: The coffee-and-doughnut chain, which has struggled to get a footing south of the border, believes it has the right concept to begin growing again.

The Bottom Line: Demand for any drive-thru site is intense and costs are soaring. But it remains a solid long-term bet.

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