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Ratings agencies are downgrading Burger King franchisees

The Bottom Line: Weak sales and rising costs, including delivery fees, have eaten into the profit margins of big operators like GPS Hospitality and Carrols Restaurant Group.

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McDonald’s steps out of the political shadows

The Bottom Line: The burger giant traditionally lets others do all the talking on major political issues. But more recently it has made its voice heard on topics like California's business climate or crime in Chicago.

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Chickenhawk breaks out of the chicken sandwich rut with a 2.0 model

Popeyes success with its chicken sandwich started a deluge on menus, but this new fast casual is putting some different ideas between the buns.

Operations

Hilton’s quest to create hotel dining destinations

Global head of food and beverage Adam Crocini shares highlights of what’s coming for the hotel giant’s Conrad, Waldorf Astoria and other brands.