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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

Restaurants’ buyout binge helps, and hurts, stocks

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

Financing

Now an activist investor takes interest in Papa John’s

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.

Investment dollars are still flowing into an industry where bankruptcies are common. Here’s why that is, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The bookstore chain’s challenges operating full-service locations prove not everybody can do it, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

RB’s The Bottom Line takes a look at how four MIT grads are changing the restaurant business.

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