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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

Why slow restaurant sales are here to stay

Too many units and competitors, and a changing consumer, mean slow growth will be here for a while, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

Are the good times over for chains?

Chain restaurants’ slowing growth reveals a saturated industry that could lose funding in the future.

Olive Garden’s owner has thrived by simply focusing on doing a good job at its restaurants, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The chain has too many stores and has raised prices too aggressively, and bad PR hasn’t helped, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

In a bid for simplicity, Ninety Nine Restaurants, O’Charley’s are splitting from Village Inn and Bakers Square, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The marketing stunt was great, but the ending was a disappointment, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

An analyst suggests the company could buy upscale chain North Italia from Fox Restaurant Group, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The once high-growth chain is an example of what happens when restaurant systems don’t focus on operator health, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The company is risking more traffic challenges with steep price increases, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

One is the center of a scandal, the other an international bargaining chip; both stories reflect the chains’ strengths, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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