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Operations

Restaurants may finally be ready for dynamic pricing

As more operations digitize, instant updates to menu prices are becoming possible for the first time. That could help restaurants ease inflation and drive traffic. But will customers be on board?

Financing

A pair of former hedge funders find success operating Wendy’s restaurants

The Bottom Line: Aneil Lala and Neal Wadhwa left the hedge fund world to become franchisees. They quickly found that humanity can yield financial results.

It took an internal mind shift, plus the addition of griddles and a couple of SKUs, for Chef Brian Sullivan to perfectly execute the new West Coast Burger.

The Bottom Line: Taco Bell’s strategy shift in the morning comes as consumers have returned to the daypart. But there are a lot more options, too.

He’s spent his first months on the job asking field-level staff and even suppliers what the brand should do differently. It's resulted in an avalanche of fresh ideas.

The Bottom Line: Several restaurant chains have indicated challenges with lower-income consumers as inflation has increased. But lower gas prices are making things better.

Reality Check: Sure, it's a union-backed plan to change restaurant employment. But isn't a new model needed?

Restaurants are bringing street food indoors with a growing variety of flavors and global cuisines. They're following consumer demands for more authenticity and adventure.

The Bottom Line: He was elevated to the CEO’s job when the last guy was fired. The chain’s strong performance has put him in a strong position despite some controversy.

The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health was largely missing a key participant: the restaurant industry.

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