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


Bamboo Sushi, QuickFish parent receives investment from Bain Capital, Kitchen Fund

The operator of sustainable sushi concepts Bamboo Sushi and QuickFish plans to enter into new markets.


Franchisees flex a newfound might

With goading from investors, franchisees are becoming a force in brand parents' corporate dealings.

Often it takes just an ingredient twist or two to make bar drinks your own. But finding that something special can be a purchasing puzzle.

Smart beverage buyers have to keep current, but a crystal ball wouldn’t hurt.

Optimism is in the air as we look ahead to 2010, but product and menu developers are proceeding with caution.

Restaurant franchisees wouldn’t have to scrounge for capital if their franchisors provided lenders with info about the brand’s performance, plans and work-out scenarios, concluded a high-level powwow on the credit crunch.

Casual-dining pioneer T.G.I. Friday’s has invested in elevating its menu ingredients.

So you’ve found a great location at a good price. You’ve still got one hump to get over: signing the lease.

Consumers, on the whole, will be making a bit more in 2014. Combine the predicted rise in disposable income for 2014 with the steadily declining rate of unemployment, and there’s hope that wallets will begin to open more easily.

Operators are making sure business cards, coasters, stickers and other printed materials speak for the brand once they go out the door.

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