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Pizza Inn learns to love its buffet

The chain expanded its all-you-can-eat hours, and sales have grown ever since.

Financing

Who is struggling the most? Midsized restaurant chains

The restaurant recession has been hardest on concepts in the middle, says RB’s The Bottom Line, and that should push the industry toward more consolidation.

Surprising strength suggests the industry’s recovery might finally be gaining some traction.

Parent company Yum Brands also reported same-store sales at Pizza Hut were positive thanks in part to its NFL deal, but sustained improvement will be a “slow build.”

But its sister chain Pizza Inn has now recorded eight straight quarters of same-store sales growth.

The company said its sales turned positive for the first time in 37 months.

But prices, not traffic, continued to boost sales throughout the industry, according to the Technomic Chain Restaurant Index.

The company believes remodels and efforts to improve service times will get customers coming back.

Sales data shows little evidence that shutdowns depress sales, but this one is different, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Weak sales, high costs and a potential recession could be an ugly mix, says RB’s The Bottom Line.