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3 fast-casual CEOs on the high cost of fast food

There's been a lot of talk lately about high QSR pricing, and the leaders of Portillo's, Sweetgreen and Cava are pretty happy with that. It makes the fast-casual space look good.


Noodles & Company makes a deal with an activist

The fast-casual chain, working its way through sales and profitability challenges, gave a board seat to an activist investor. But that’s not the only activist it has.

The Bottom Line: How has the makeup of the Top 500 restaurant chains changed over the past five years? Hint: They're a lot more fast casual, and a lot less full service.

A six-unit operator with locations in Texas and Minnesota closed its locations and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, citing continued losses.

Jeff Crivello has been buying up brands like Cowboy Jack's this year. He is now turning to the two struggling fast-casual chains after acquiring their debt, giving him a good chance to buy both.

The coffee shop chain in July plans to open its app to everybody, not just Starbucks Rewards members. But it is already promoting its value there as it works to rebuild sales from occasional customers.

Several restaurant chains, notably Starbucks, are navigating weak spending and increasing competition in the fast-growing market. But they remain bullish on its future.

The segment and its sub-sectors like the buffets market haven't had an easy time post-pandemic, prompting many members of the old guard to arm themselves with shiny new upstarts as future growth vehicles. But there's still plenty of effort being spent on helping the longtime leaders keep their footing, as this look at the Top 10 shows.

The fast-casual chain blamed rising costs and the fast-food wage in California as it filed its second Chapter 11 in four years. It plans to use the bankruptcy process to find a buyer.

A Deeper Dive: This week’s episode of the Restaurant Business podcast features Victor Fernandez, VP of insights and knowledge for GuestXM, to talk about full-service restaurants.

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