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


Tax reform has a downside for Chili’s parent

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


Domino's same-store sales growth slows

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.

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.

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