Despite a host of concerns, restaurant franchisees remain optimistic

The Bottom Line: Margins took a hit last year and inflation remains a concern. But a new survey says most franchise operators are optimistic. Here’s why.


Cracker Barrel intends to tout value with $5 to-go meals

The family-dining chain is also building its catering business through more aggressive sales efforts, with plans to hit the $100 million mark by July.

Technomic's Take: Large chain traffic growth is returning to pre-pandemic patterns, with expectations looking more like 2019 than 2021.

Technomic's Take: Restaurant menu price inflation continues to tick up. But consumers are showing few signs of cutting back on eating out.

The Bottom Line: What recession? Companies like Texas Roadhouse and Golden Corral said their traffic was way up in January and federal data backs them up. Here's why that might be happening.

Nearly 4 in 10 viewers planned to order food Sunday, leading to a big score for restaurants.

The steak chain's longtime Manhattan outpost has been hurt by the slow return of office workers.

The industry wants the state to make eating and drinking places eligible for gambling licenses. Officials cite the $1.4 million a D.C. sports bar collected from on-site betting in less than four months.

The Bottom Line: Producer prices for food declined more than 1% last month, though eggs and beef were up. And restaurant sales declined.

The daytime dining brand has held the line on pricing and refused to trim its hours or menu. The focus will be on raising the profits of new units.

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