Financing

How your restaurant sales and profits compare to competitors' and what you can do to improve financial performance

Financing

Reassessing McDonald's tech deals from 2019

The Bottom Line: The fast-food giant’s decision to end its drive-thru AI test with IBM is the latest pullback away from a pair of technology acquisitions it made five years ago.

Financing

More small restaurant chains file for bankruptcy

Melt Bar & Grilled, an Ohio chain that was featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel, joins the Chicago concept Kuma’s Corner and other small chains running into post-pandemic financial problems.

SouthRock Capital, which had also operated Starbucks and Subway units, filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in Texas to protect its rights to the casual-dining restaurant chain.

It was a tough year for the pizza business, as the average brand reported flat sales in 2023, according to the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. Here’s a look at the largest chains in the U.S. based on 2023 system sales.

The Bottom Line: It’s not entirely clear that price is the reason Starbucks is losing traffic. If it isn’t, the company’s new value offer could backfire.

Stock in the food-and-games chain, which also owns Main Event, plunged early Thursday following a weak sales report.

Menu price inflation slowed at fast-food restaurants last month. But prices throughout the industry continue to increase faster than at supermarkets.

A Deeper Dive: This week's episode of the podcast features James Walker, CEO of Frisch's Restaurants, to talk about the state of the restaurant industry.

Operators say most of them aren't making money and want a break on their royalties. But they also complain about receiving expired cheese from closed stores. "Don't send us moldy product."

The Austin, Texas-based restaurant-movie theater hybrid will be operated by a new division within the studio called Sony Pictures Experiences.

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