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Financing

How your restaurant sales and profits compare to competitors' and what you can do to improve financial performance

Financing

Who are Dutch Bros' biggest competitors? It's complicated

A quarter of the chain’s sales come from its "Blue Rebel" energy drinks and it does just as much business in the afternoon as it does in the morning. Its competition goes well beyond Dunkin' and Starbucks.

Financing

Companies are still lining up to go public despite recent volatility

The Bottom Line: Tropical Smoothie Café and Coopers Hawk are both reportedly planning upcoming IPOs, adding to a growing list. But some recent offerings haven’t fared well.

Giants like Starbucks and Domino’s are building more drive-thrus while regional drive-thru chains have exploded. And consumers are flocking to them.

The onetime cult favorite has shrunk to five full-fledged restaurants and 128 stations in c-stores and supermarkets. The buyer, the distribution company Harbor Wholesale, intends to grow the brand.

The Mexican fast-food chain’s new prototype, opened last month in Orlando, is the centerpiece of a new franchising strategy.

The Bottom Line: Black Box data suggests diners aren't so sure they're getting their money's worth amid soaring menu prices.

A Deeper Dive: Tracy Johnstone sold her restaurants after more than 30 years in the business. She talks on the podcast about learning to love the business and thriving in a male-dominated world.

As the omicron variant continues to spread, everyone from small independent restaurants to McDonald’s either cut hours or reduced their services.

Big brands like Papa Johns and Tim Hortons continue to focus their development efforts on the fast-growing economy. But succeeding there is not so easy.

The Bottom Line: At a time when prices are taking off, the Mexican fast-food chain is pushing value hoping to resonate with customers by “zigging when everybody is zagging.”

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