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 food lives by the discount, and dies by it

Demand stalls at Wendy’s, Burger King and McDonald’s despite frequent discounts, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

Heavy Texas rains, and a lot of debt, pushed Taco Bueno into bankruptcy

Bad weather led to a 20% decline in sales that made an “immediate” filing and sale necessary, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

But the company doesn’t get the valuations that some of its competitors have received, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Despite a trend toward industry consolidation, CEO Ritch Allison says the company has enough growth on its own, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Steve Ritchie and others would get paid if they lose their jobs following a sale, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Companies such as McDonald’s and Starbucks are still losing customers, and inflation is one reason, says RB’s the Bottom Line.

Operators are major brand investors. Their views should be taken into account at the corporate level, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Joe & the Juice and Focus Brands are reportedly considering IPOs, which would be the first in three years, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

A reported valuation of the salad chain seems like a lot, but it’s not unprecedented, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

RB’s The Bottom Line explores whether delivery at Firehouse Subs, Jersey Mike’s and now Subway will hurt Jimmy John’s.

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