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Did the operating environment push franchisees into bankruptcy? Sort of

The Bottom Line: Soaring food and labor costs made it a lot more difficult for restaurants to generate a profit last year. But both Hardee’s and Burger King had long-term problems that played a bigger role in those bankruptcy filings.

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How Popeyes changed the chicken business

How did a once-struggling, regional bone-in chicken chain overtake KFC, the formerly dominant player in the U.S. market? With a fixation on sandwiches and many more new restaurants.

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Get ready for a summertime value war

The Bottom Line: With more customers opting to eat at home, rather than at restaurants, more fast-food chains will start pushing value this summer.

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Inside Chili's quest to craft a value-priced burger that could take on McDonald's

Behind the Menu: How the casual-dining chain smashes expectations with a winning combination of familiarity and price with its new Big Smasher burger.