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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

Restaurant chains’ Russia risks are on full display right now

The Bottom Line: There is only so much franchises can do to close their stores in the country. It’s not keeping people from calling for boycotts.

Financing

Starbucks’ next CEO will face opportunities, and plenty of challenges

The Bottom Line: Kevin Johnson is leaving the Seattle-based coffee giant in a better place. But growing union efforts, supply chain issues and Howard Schultz’s return make it seem like a rescue.

The Bottom Line: Starbucks, Domino’s, Wingstop and Darden are all changing their top executives. It demonstrates the changing needs of both the companies and the executives themselves.

The Bottom Line: A bunch of restaurant companies lined up to go public just before the market ground to a halt. Yet last year’s IPOs didn’t do that badly.

The Bottom Line: The largest chains are accelerating growth, some for the first time in years. But is there room enough for all of them?

The Bottom Line: Closing stores in Russia is costing McDonald’s and other brands millions. But the cost of not doing so might be even greater.

The Bottom Line: With the omicron surge subsiding and local regulations easing, consumers were feeling increasingly comfortable dining out. The Ukraine invasion changed all that.

The Bottom Line: Monday was a bad day for full-service restaurant valuations. But no industry sector escaped investors’ ire. There may be real reason for concern.

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.

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.

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