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Restaurants get dragged into The Misinformation Age

The Bottom Line: Big Mac prices, corporate views on Israel-Palestine and even store closures have been subject to misinformation and outright lies. Blame the presidential election.


Fast-food restaurants are hit hardest as customers cut back

The giant food distributor Sysco said the consumer environment has been tougher on restaurants than expected this year due to higher menu prices.

A law enacted this week bans hidden fees but allows restaurants to continue levying surcharges if customers get a heads-up and the money goes to employees.

A Deeper Dive: Joe Pawlak, managing principal with Technomic, joins the podcast to discuss the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report.

The Bottom Line: The role a giant sale-leaseback had in the bankruptcy filing of the seafood chain has drawn more criticism of the investment firms' financial engineering. The criticism is well-earned.

The Bottom Line: Some of the fastest-growing chains in the U.S. push drinks, even as sales at traditional concepts lag in growing delivery and takeout business. How can traditional restaurants get in on the action?

The multibrand franchisee, which also operates Pizza Hut, Burger King, Dunkin’ and Taco Bell, acquired the locations in the central and Southeast U.S.

The Bottom Line: Giving customers meal options they can afford will be key to generating traffic this year. But make sure those offers can generate a profit.

The chain’s CEO alleged that the promotion may have pushed more shrimp business to its largest shareholder at Red Lobster’s expense, setting the stage for a messy Chapter 11 proceeding.

The casual-dining chain, which filed for bankruptcy this week, is probing whether its former CEO steered all its shrimp purchasing through the company's owner, Thai Union, a shrimp supplier.

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