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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

Fast-casual chains regained investor faith last year

Led by Wingstop and Chipotle, the sector was a bright spot during an otherwise difficult year on Wall Street, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

7 big restaurant questions heading into 2019

Papa John’s, McDonald’s, sales challenges, M&A, franchisee revolts and delivery will be big issues next year, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Just years after company added breakfast all day, a new demand has emerged, but complexity is the chain’s biggest problem, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Blue Apron’s struggles show that the meal kit business isn’t the major restaurant competitor some thought it would be, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

As pressure grows on franchisees, companies might find it better to keep some locations for themselves, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Creation of the National Owners Association signals a major shift in franchise relations, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The chicken sandwich chain, which will soon be the country’s third-biggest restaurant, caters to the same customers, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The sale is the Steak ‘n Shake owner is quietly reducing his holdings, which is big for both him and Cracker Barrell, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The company's stock is at a low point, which could be a challenge for the company as activists push a sale, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The QSR operator expects to make more specific deals, such as its purchase of QuikOrder, and won’t rule out a brand acquisition, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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