Once 'orphaned,' Qdoba's new parent sees much whitespace for growth

John Cywinski hints going public could be in the Mexican fast casual's future if the revitalization strategy comes to fruition as planned.


Key takeaways from the ICR Conference

California challenges, salad's growth, catering, bowl popularity and more chicken are among the issues restaurant chain executives discussed at the event in Orlando this week.

Comp sales in 4Q were down 9% in preliminary results for the better-burger brand, but CEO Carl Bachmann said the foundation is in place for recovery.

The three multi-concept restaurant operators showed significant declines, with at least one blaming more serious consumers.

The chain was already looking for a new COO. Now the search is on for a new CEO. If an activist investor has its way, the leaders will have strong operational experience in limited service.

Same-store sales at the family dining chain slipped 0.5% despite a 6.8% rise in menu prices.

The burger chain says it expects to counter wage hikes in the state with a combination of price, margin and loyalty. But how will it affect transactions?

The Florida-based company has closed five underperforming restaurants and more may be shuttered. Meanwhile, chicken is coming to the menu to help turn things around.

The 1,000-unit operator said sales and traffic were better than expected and margins increased by 530 basis points. And its stock took off.

Owner Thai Union Group said the all-you-can eat shrimp was priced too low, resulting in better traffic but significant losses.

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