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Operations

Topgolf is trying smaller locations

The entertainment concept hopes a more flexible design will fit in smaller and midsize cities.

Leadership

J. Alexander’s names Mark Parkey CEO

Jessica Hagler was named CFO as the company’s longtime CEO Lonnie Stout becomes executive chairman.

She’ll be succeeded in April by finance chief Dave Deno.

Sixty-four-unit operator Diversified Restaurant Holdings said the chain’s rejuvenation efforts delivered his company’s first positive comps in three years.

Porch Swing offers “polished comfort food” and marks Swad’s return to the restaurant business.

After a rough end to 2018, the casual chain is tweaking its strategy to lure back guests, particularly for dine-in service.

With a new executive team, the chain is prepared for major growth and a possible public offering.

The casual-dining operation lost $10.6 million on a 4.5% drop in comps, most of it from a traffic decline.

The chain’s new president, Lyle Tick, joins "A Deeper Dive" to talk about his strategies for lifting sales.

Takeout sales grew 20% last quarter as the company’s focus on Thanksgiving and Christmas paid off.