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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

Franchisee tensions bubble to the surface

McDonald’s and Jack in the Box show operators’ growing discontent amid weak sales and high costs, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

Three examples of franchising done right

Focus on operator profitability has helped chains such as Domino’s, Popeyes and Chick-fil-A thrive, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Politics don’t affect restaurant sales in general, but this could be different, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Three buyouts have lifted restaurants’ overall performance, but investors are not on board with everything, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Legion Partners could push the company to refranchise company restaurants, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Despite higher prices, labor continued to pressure margins, according to an industry scorecard, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Here’s why chain owners are engineering the greatest merger wave in industry history, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Challenges have hit onetime growth chains such as Taylor Gourmet, LYFE Kitchen and Noon Mediterranean, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Heavy hiring by retailers is a good sign, but it could also stress an already tight labor pool, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Also, JAB probably won’t buy Starbucks, and Papa John’s looks at a new logo, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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