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


Slick solutions for grease disposal

A decade ago, Mike Frampton was paying about $35 per pickup to have a rendering company haul away the used cooking oil from his Melting Pot franchise.


Top 100 independents adapt with the times

Even in the face of rising wages and a slow economic rebound, Top 100 independents thrive by adapting with the times and flexing their survival skills.

Sales at the major fast-casual restaurants are growing at nearly three times the rate for the industry as a whole, but that intake is not being evenly distributed. What fast-casual brands are at the front of that increasingly crowded pack? Restaurant Business borrowed data from its research sister, Technomic, to rate the 40 largest fast-casual chains by systemwide sales. Here, in ascending order, are the sector’s largest chains by sales volumes.

Operators can learn from those chains that jumped in the ranks, as well as from those that plummeted.

Maggiano's also saw a slide in guest counts.

Cash will fuel expansion of mini-sized offshoot.

The burger chain’s stock surged more than 40%, making it the top-performing brand on Wall Street.

A weak stock market has prevented restaurant IPOs for more than two years, says RB's The Bottom Line.

Le Duff America sells off other concepts as it plans to expand its parent company's legacy concept in the States.

The Buffalo wing chain was purchased by several partners of investment group Fresh Hospitality.

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