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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

Subway’s big problem: Its customers dine alone

Customers don’t get excited about the chain, according to recent data, and that’s an issue, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

Why restaurant chains aren’t going public right now

Weak sales and poor stock performance are conspiring to create another dry spell for restaurant IPOs, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The move will be costly, and could be risky, but there are benefits for the company and its new CEO Brian Niccol, says RB's The Bottom Line.

The push to lower prices, and rely heavily on franchisees, could hurt more operators, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Del Frisco’s acquisition of Barteca shows Wall Street’s willingness to accept more strategic deals, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The bankruptcy filing of large Applebee’s franchisee shows that franchisors don’t reveal enough of their operators’ financial health, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Consumers are slow to adapt to the new technology, so don’t expect quick improvement, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Getting the right CEO might not be easy without major concessions by ownership, including a sale, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

A quarter of the brand has changed hands over the past 18 months, playing a role in same-store sales growth, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The chain’s dollar menu generated sales, but not the traffic growth it wanted, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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