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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.”


Is $300M too little for Zoes Kitchen?

A large shareholder says that $12.75 per share “undervalues” the fast-casual chain, says RB’s The Bottom Line.


How will the California move impact Chipotle?

Companies move headquarters all the time, but it can be disruptive, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Several companies have gone private this year. RB’s The Bottom Line takes a look at who could go next.

The price of wings is down 32% over the past year as consumers shift toward boneless chicken, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

As sales continue to weaken, restaurant chains hope mergers will keep them afloat, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

With unemployment low, poorer service could be keeping some customers away, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Chains like McDonald’s and Shake Shack find themselves torn between pricing and traffic, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Weak sales and traffic for the second July in a row could spell bad news for the industry, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

RB’s The Bottom Line crowdsources a comparison between the John Schnatter firestorm and Chick-fil-A’s gay marriage controversy.

The intensifying dispute between Papa John’s and its beleaguered founder is shrouding the company in more uncertainty, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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