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Three huge franchises, three big franchise disputes

McDonald’s, Subway and 7-Eleven, three of the biggest franchises in the world, are facing major disputes with their operators. RB's The Bottom Line takes a look at all three.


New York officially reopens, but customers still dine outside

Some restaurateurs find the state's new guidelines confusing, while others find it a call to action. Customers simply enjoy the nice weather.

The list is short because the number of jurisdictions already permitting full use of restaurant dining rooms has grown to more than 3 out of 5 states.

The Chicago-based burger giant is enjoying strong sales. But franchisee unrest and discrimination lawsuits is marring that success, says RB's The Bottom Line.

The highly visible location will court guests for here and to-go as ghost kitchens continue to look more like regular restaurants.

Delivery-focused kitchens are encountering roadblocks in some places and cooperation in others as cities try to manage their impact on the community.

Raising its average hourly wage and hosting a virtual job fair led to a significant bump in interest at the fast casual during a tight labor market, its hiring director said.

A pizza-topping bot from xRobotics has reduced labor costs and allowed the restaurant to ditch third-party delivery.

While that was not as many feared, it was more than some projected after dining room closures led to widespread industry shutdowns last year, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The perks can range from access to a personal trainer to a clothing allowance for new managers as the industry looks to combat a labor shortage.

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