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After years of declines, McDonald’s plans U.S. unit growth this year

The Bottom Line: The company has not added locations since 2014. After closing another 239 locations in 2021 it has the smallest number of units in 20 years.

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Low-income consumers were hit hard this summer, but gas prices are helping

The Bottom Line: Several restaurant chains have indicated challenges with lower-income consumers as inflation has increased. But lower gas prices are making things better.

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Brinker CEO Kevin Hochman wants to make Chili’s fun again

He’s spent his first months on the job asking field-level staff and even suppliers what the brand should do differently. It's resulted in an avalanche of fresh ideas.

Operations

The nation is mobilizing to battle hunger. Where are the restaurants?

The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health was largely missing a key participant: the restaurant industry.