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McDonald's restaurant valuations come back down to earth

The Bottom Line: Franchisee valuations are “plummeting,” according to the head of the chain’s independent franchisee association. The company has not been able to get many new franchisees into the system. But the market is just different now.

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The Tijuana Flats bankruptcy highlights the dangers of menu miscues

The Bottom Line: The fast-casual chain’s problems following new menu debuts in 2021 and 2022 show that adding new items isn’t always the right idea.

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For Papa Johns, the CEO departure came at the wrong time

The Bottom Line: The pizza chain worked to convince franchisees to buy into a massive marketing shift. And then the brand’s CEO left.

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Restaurants bring the industry's concerns to Congress

Nearly 600 operators made their case to lawmakers as part of the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference.