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


2017 Top 500: Full-service chains

The decline of full-service chains is palpable. Three of the major casual-dining players—TGI Fridays, Applebee’s and Chili’s—were all down more than 2% in sales.


Starbucks unloads Tazo Tea for $384M

Unilever has purchased the brand, which Starbucks bought in 1999.

In a lot of ways—and for many reasons—independent restaurants trumped chains in 2017. Indies are nimble and able to seize upon trends like a hungry diner on avocado toast.

In a letter to employees, now-former CEO Ron Shaich details strong improvement.

Deferred taxes have a lower value for Brinker International under revised federal rates, cutting into the casual-dining company's profits.

The pizza chain's 4.2% U.S. same-store sales were the lowest in four years as store count accelerates.

Franchisees' same-store sales increased 1.1% as the company refranchised more units and added delivery.

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

Cheesecake Factory says it has a second fast-casual venture in the works, Dunkin' convenes a workforce Woodstock, Noodles clears the table and McDonald's touts its merits as a first job.

The potato has been bashed more often than mashed these last couple of years, as carbohydrate-phobic Americans pushed spuds off their plates and consumption took a nosedive.

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