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OPINIONFinancing

J. Alexander's shareholders win after a long, weird process

Shareholders ultimately got the better end of the deal, but it took years, a pandemic and some strange proposals to get there, says RB's The Bottom Line.

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Food

Bread rises to new status on menus

Innovation comes to the breadbasket, as restaurants upgrade service, variety and quality.

Financing

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.

Workforce

Are restaurants sleeping through a new labor crisis?

A big union's penetration of Starbucks after 30 years of failed efforts to organize restaurant chains has largely been shrugged off as one brand's problem, and a minor one at that. That under-appreciation could be a big mistake.