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Burger King and its struggling franchisees have a long way to go

The Bottom Line: The closure of 26 restaurants in Michigan is another demonstration that the fast-food burger chain has a lot of work to do in its comeback effort. And its issues date back more than 15 years.

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The restaurant industry may have grown a spine

Reality Check: After two years of wimpy defense, the industry has come out swinging at its labor adversaries.

Fine-dining restaurants are still hiring, but pastry teams and dessert menus have been downsized, leaving baking pros to find alternative employers or venture out on their own.

The Bottom Line: Inspire Brands owner Roark Capital along with global gas station and restaurant operator EG Group are among the reported potential bidders for the fast-food sandwich chain. Here’s a look at the field.

Tech Check: Uber Eats is doing the right thing by cracking down on misleading listings. But it should take the new policy a step further.

Sweet & Sour: Columnists Peter Romeo and Nancy Kruse consider if menu pricing has hit the red zone. Someone check with a customer, quick.

The Bottom Line: A labor proposal would mean a full-time worker would earn about $48,000 after tips, about the same as health technologists and more than bus drivers. What would that do to prices?

Reality Check: The industry's rebound is being hampered by a host of construction and permitting issues. And the near-term outlook isn't good.

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.

The AI chat bot can do a little bit of everything, from writing menu descriptions to spitballing with the CEO. But its most intriguing abilities could take years to refine.

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