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Winners and losers from a weird quarter

The Bottom Line: Burger King operator Carrols, Cava and Wingstop were the big winners. But there were plenty of concepts that would rather have that one back.


The pandemic is not yet done with restaurants

The Bottom Line: A rash of bankruptcy filings shows that small brands and franchisees continue to deal with the aftermath of the pandemic, three and a half years later.

Tech Check: The chain has been a digital juggernaut for years. It apparently believes it can do better with a homegrown system.

Moonlite Bar-B-Q is one of the few restaurants in the U.S. that serves mutton, to the tune of 350,000 meals a year.

The Bottom Line: Negative transactions are so common that restaurant brands are thrilled simply not to lose customers. That could be a bigger challenge going forward.

The founder and longtime leader of the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance looks back on his 27-year quest to view inclusion as a business driver.

The Bottom Line: The CEOs of the franchise giants decried the NLRB’s joint employer ruling but said that their brands have the strength to overcome them, anyway.

Blaze Pizza is preparing for a brand relaunch, but the concept must first solve some fundamental problems laid bare by the pandemic. CEO Beto Guajardo outlines his strategy for profitability.

Reality Check: The industry's tendency to portray every legislative or regulatory proposal as a restaurant killer is getting very old. Couldn't we be adults and focus on the real effects, like less opportunity?

The Bottom Line: The burger giant remodeled just about all its locations between 2017 and 2020. That has given the company a leg up on competitors at a time when financing is simply not that available.

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