Panera Brands reportedly files confidentially for IPO

The long-promised move appears to be coming to fruition after years of preparation, indicating markets are looking more favorable.


Cracker Barrel traffic took a big hit last quarter

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

Weeks after announcing its latest investment, the Utah-based multi-concept platform and private-equity fund names two finance leaders to new positions.

After two slow years, activity is beginning to pick up. But there is a “flight to quality” as buyers, and bankers, look for sustainable performance.

The Bottom Line: Attendees and speakers painted an anxious picture of the operating environment at the Restaurant Finance and Development Conference. Here’s why that might be here for a while.

Qu’s cloud-based system is designed to untangle the tech stack for limited-service chains. Meyer believes it could become a “big player.”

Investment firm General Atlantic has agreed to take a majority stake in the global coffee, juice and sandwich chain with plans to expand franchising.

Brentwood Associates and Sixth Street are teaming up with the franchise partners to expand the fast-casual chicken brand.

The rechristening is simultaneous with the purchase of 37 franchised Planet Fitness gyms.

Icebox Cafe, which operates four restaurants plus some vending machines, said dealings with “aggressive lenders” had a role in its filing.

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