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Emerging Brands

How Hopdoddy prepared to get acquisitive

The Texas-based better-burger fast casual used the pandemic’s challenges to become leaner and stronger. Then it decided to buy a competitor and it might scoop up more.

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Operations

Back Yard Burgers, after many hurdles, gets ready to grow again

The better-burger brand is about 75% smaller than it was 15 years ago. But it is looking to get back into the new-restaurant business.

Financing

When Burger King nearly started serving Domino’s Pizza

The Bottom Line: In the 1990s, Burger King tested a Domino’s-branded personal pizza that proved remarkably successful, until the suits got in the way.

Financing

Companies are still lining up to go public despite recent volatility

The Bottom Line: Tropical Smoothie Café and Coopers Hawk are both reportedly planning upcoming IPOs, adding to a growing list. But some recent offerings haven’t fared well.