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Financing

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

Financing

Where's the growth capital now?

Even when there are tough financial time, money to grow can be found. Here’s how to raise capital in today’s money market.

Financing

What to do about commodity prices?

With many commodity prices hitting new highs and food costs overall expected to rise by 3 percent to 5 percent this year, many operators recently raised the white flag in their battle to hold the line on menu price increases.

The cuisine at Fifth Floor draws from Mediterranean and global influences, but seasonality is the number one priority.

By the time November rolls around, many restaurant kitchens are elbow-deep in squash.

Restaurants will vie this year for a 3.6 percent increase in total industry sales, which should hit an all-time high of $683.4 billion, according to the just-released business forecast of the NRA.

Here are what we at Restaurant Business regard as the 10 most influential developments and trends of 2014.

When spotlighting the top-grossing independents in Illinois, Chicago dominates this year's list but isn't the only player. While the windy city hosts an impressive nine of the Top 100 Independents, their suburban outposts also proved to be standouts.

The Top 500 restaurant chains that experienced a surge in both sales and units in 2015 are hitting on trends that proved to grow sales and traffic.

The wave of headless restaurants has been rolling into the off-premise ecosystem. But recent closures of early entrants indicate that the waters are not calm.

Diversified Restaurant Holdings is pursuing a sale or other extraordinary option.

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