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Financing

J. Alexander's shareholders win after a long, weird process

Shareholders ultimately got the better end of the deal, but it took years, a pandemic and some strange proposals to get there, says RB's The Bottom Line.

Operations

3 restaurant situations worth watching

RB's Reality Check wonders whether these backburner events be the first sign of potentially disruptive trends.

The fast casual, with two former Chipotle Mexican Grill execs in its C-suite, said it doesn’t want to be the “Chipotle of pizza,” although there are some notable similarities.

Subway, Quiznos and Blimpie were rapidly growing before they met the sandwich curse. The reason for their problems? They depend too much on lunch, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The sandwich chain, which just opened its 2,000th unit, now thinks it can get bigger thanks to smaller towns.

While sales are back up over 2019 levels, even with the latest coronavirus surge, plenty of uncertainties remain about the future, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The company wants to bring in more large-scale operators. But it is also encouraging existing franchisees to open more locations.

Chick-fil-A does an autumn milkshake; broccoli stars at Sonic; Condado Tacos turns to pears; and Tim Horton’s and Snooze A.M. Eatery stick with pumpkin.

But it also lost more than half of its dine-in sales. Its numbers are a microcosm of the fast-food business that likely is different for good, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Numbers the company provided last week demonstrate that it is still far off from reconciling the number of locations with demand for its sandwiches, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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