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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

Charges against Michael Avenatti engulf the now-defunct Tully's

The attorney rescued the coffee chain in 2013. But the company went out of business last year, and now he faces federal charges, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

McDonald’s flexes its financial muscle

The company’s planned acquisition of Dynamic Yield is the latest example of big chains using their size to gain an advantage, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Adding the well-liked personality to the board and its marketing gives the chain positive buzz for the first time in a while, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The chains show the restaurant industry’s uncertain answer to third-party aggregators, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The companies, with Grubhub, are forming a "big three" in the delivery and online ordering space, and that has implications for restaurants, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Operators’ inability to fully staff restaurants can hurt same-store sales, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

RB’s The Bottom Line examines why investors are suddenly flocking to distressed restaurant concepts.

The casual-dining operator plans to make more acquisitions, says RB’s The Bottom Line. One analyst says BJ’s Restaurants would make a good target.

The healthy fast-casual chain’s stock has lost 80% of its value since its 2017 IPO, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Some casual-dining chains and fast-casual restaurants are navigating consumers’ shift to takeout, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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