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These restaurant chains were founded after Domino’s last international sales decline

The pizza chain on Thursday reported its first same-store sales decline in 113 quarters, a streak dating to 1993. These are the restaurant chains that have been founded since.


As BJ’s wrestles with inflation, its guests remain unfazed

Customers haven’t reacted to higher prices yet, but more hikes are coming at the casual-dining chain.

Ampex Brands, a franchisee of Yum Brands and 7-Eleven, finalized the acquisition of the eight-unit bistro chain earlier this week.

The Bottom Line: Nierenberg Investment Management Company gushed about moves the sandwich chain is making, but wants company insiders to buy more stock.

The “cookie wars” have heated up this week as the fast-growing franchise published a statement reiterating its complaints about trademark theft by competitors, who themselves have not been silent.

The pizza chain’s sales continue to lag, largely because it can’t find enough drivers. But it says “all options will remain on the table” until it can solve the problem.

The pizza delivery chain’s same-store sales outside the U.S. fell for the first time since 1993. U.S. same-store sales declined and the company increased its expectations for food cost inflation.

A Deeper Dive: Shahpour Nejad, CEO and cofounder of Pizza Guys, joins the restaurant podcast to discuss his company’s history, its slow growth and its shift into a higher expansion gear.

The Bottom Line: We explain the depths of operators’ frustration with management, and why an independent association could take a vote of no confidence in McDonald’s top executives despite the chain’s strong performance.

The Bottom Line: The likelihood of an economic downturn is increasing and there is already evidence of slowing demand, but there are reasons the industry is in better shape to withstand these problems.

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