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casual dining

Financing

Which chain will Cheesecake Factory buy?

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

Leadership

Chris Tomasso named First Watch CEO

Longtime CEO Ken Pendery will become executive chairman of the fast-growing breakfast chain.

Arc Group will acquire the struggling breastaurant chain in a complex deal.

The 58-unit casual Italian chain becomes a sister concept of Planet Hollywood, Buca di Beppo and Earl of Sandwich.

Continued traffic challenges and industry changes suggest a need to keep reducing supply, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The problem isn't oversupply. It's under-demand.

The two casual Italian brands will be the nucleus for a new company run by the former Olive Garden chief, with financial backing from Brazil-based GP Investments.

The barbecue chain is looking to evolve, both as a casual dining chain and a takeout concept.

The push to lower prices, and rely heavily on franchisees, could hurt more operators, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Fred Beilstein is adding the duties of CEO to his CFO responsibilities on an interim basis.

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