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Getting on the shelves: Licensing lessons

Licensing products doesn't have to be a huge undertaking. Brands with small programs that they say are lucrative as well as simpler to maintain—and began with relative ease. For restaurateurs looking into licensing, there are lessons to learn at every level.


2015 Top 100 Independents in New York

Tourism continues to rule the Top 100 Independent Restaurants. Not surprisingly, New York City is home to the most restaurants in the ranking. 33 of the Top 100 restaurants are located in the Big Apple.

The evidence is irrefutable: After a decent start to the year, restaurants are having a tough time luring customers and getting them to spend.

The venerable budget-steakhouse brands will become sister concepts of Fatburger.

Comps for the third quarter fell 17.3%, but were partially offset by the improved performance of its older sister, Pizza Inn.

MTY Food Group will buy another chain operator; the combined company will have 75 restaurant brands.

The chain, which has just passed the 300-store mark, says the money will go toward expansion this year.

The company says it will focus on organic growth after shareholders block a proposed merger with Ninety Nine Restaurants.

The growing Mediterranean fast casual seeks to raise more.

The chain says it will pour $1.5 million into those areas this year.

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