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Fewer discounts means better profits for Burger King franchisee Carrols

The franchisee, which operates one out of seven Burger King restaurants in the U.S., said it generated more cash than it has in two years as more of its customers paid the full price.


Red Robin's recovery gets off to a fast start

Staffing changes and new grills are already paying dividends for the chain, but executives cautioned that a full turnaround will take time.

Technomic's Take: Large chain traffic growth is returning to pre-pandemic patterns, with expectations looking more like 2019 than 2021.

The chairman of Biglari Holdings, the owner of Steak n Shake, has acquired 5.5% of the shares in the fast-food chain operator. But the investment is passive, for now.

Saying that, “our business model is under attack,” Chris Kempczinski urged franchises to push back against efforts at the state and federal level to regulate franchises and fast-food businesses.

The burger chain, which has shifted to a counter-service model with kiosks, turned a profit last year. But it did so from fewer locations as traditional franchisees closed restaurants.

The Bottom Line: The importance of franchisee cash flow is undeniable to the success of any franchise. That’s why investors should demand more data from franchised restaurant brands.

The struggling fast-casual bakery-café restaurant chain sought Chapter 11 debt protection as a creditor moved to take control of the company.

Earnings roundup: The brand collector said asking prices for restaurants are coming down. Also, PFG senses "pizza fatigue," Ruth's Chris cuts costs with tech, Chuy's wins with LTOs and profits rise for US Foods.

The private equity firm acquired a majority stake in the 150-unit ice cream shop franchise with an eye on taking it to the next phase of growth.

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