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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

Fast-growing Chinese chain Luckin Coffee files for a U.S. IPO

The Starbucks competitor wants to raise $100 million, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

S&P downgrades a huge Pizza Hut, Wendy’s franchisee

The credit downgrade for NPC International is another sign of the financial pressure franchisees are under, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Lawsuits between the chain and former Chief Executive Jim Kuhn paint a picture of a company that grew too fast, then cut too many costs to survive, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The company’s decision to drop its semicustomizable sandwiches comes as the chain focuses more on speed, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

A shift to convenience, and too much debt, made it tough for the pizza chain to thrive, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

RB’s The Bottom Line takes a look inside the parent company of delivery service Uber Eats and finds profitability challenges.

Mario Gabelli puts his support behind a sale, saying that it’s too small to be public and hasn’t performed well, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Some companies could struggle evolving past low prices, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Overreactions to profit challenges can sometimes cause more problems than they're worth, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Prices have spiked following President Trump’s threat to close the Mexican border, says RB’s The Bottom Line. That’s bad news for Chipotle and others.

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