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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

Franchisors, franchisees differ on delivery

Brands love the service, says RB’s The Bottom Line. Operators? Not so much.

Financing

Explaining McDonald’s franchise dispute, and why it’s important

Culture shock and finances have led to the current uprising, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Overly aggressive unit growth proved to be the company's undoing, says RB's The Bottom Line.

Aging baby boomers hitting retirement age could be a major influence in weakening sales, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The brisk pace of restaurant mergers and acquisitions is expected to continue into 2019, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Luckin Coffee, which was founded in 2017, is poised to have 4,500 units in China by the end of this year, says RB's The Bottom Line.

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.

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.

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