facebook pixal

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

Low-income consumers were hit hard this summer, but gas prices are helping

The Bottom Line: Several restaurant chains have indicated challenges with lower-income consumers as inflation has increased. But lower gas prices are making things better.

Financing

Chris Kempczinski solidifies his position at McDonald's

The Bottom Line: He was elevated to the CEO’s job when the last guy was fired. The chain’s strong performance has put him in a strong position despite some controversy.

The Bottom Line: The number of offerings this year has plunged, thanks largely to market volatility and weak performance among last year’s IPOs.

The Bottom Line: Biglari Holdings, which owns Steak n Shake and other holdings, spent $80 million to acquire a majority of shares in Abraxas Petroleum Corp.

The Bottom Line: It’s worth reminding that franchise ownership is no less risky than operating an independent business, and here’s why.

The Bottom Line: The U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday and signaled more to come. The impact of its actions won’t be spread evenly.

The Bottom Line: Shares of restaurants were hit hard on Thursday as the Federal Reserve plans more rate hikes. It’s been a tough year for the sector, overall.

The Bottom Line: The CFO for the owner of KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Habit said the company is “always scanning opportunities.”

The Bottom Line: FedEx's CEO told CNBC that his company’s numbers “don’t portend well” for the economy. More analysts are also predicting a slower holiday spending season.

The Bottom Line: Sales at restaurants and bars have been outpacing that of retail for much of the year. Prices may be playing a role, but it’s not entirely clear.

  • Page 5