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


Winter plates pop with color

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


Squash takes over

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.

Same-store sales across the chain restaurant industry are down in 2017, but the outlook varies across the country, finds research firm TDn2K.

With activists pushing a potential sale, the sandwich chain gets indications of interest.

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