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


In hiring Rob Lynch away from Papa Johns, Shake Shack enters a new era

The Bottom Line: The fast-casual burger chain chain lured one of the restaurant industry’s up-and-coming chief executives with $7.3 million in signing bonuses and stock awards.


Restaurants lost customers and sales at the end of last year

Same-store sales at restaurants slowed markedly in the second half of 2023. But for all the concern about fast-food brands like McDonald's, it was casual-dining restaurants that had the biggest problem.

Guests earning less than $75,000 are visiting the casual-dining chain much less than last year, parent Darden Restaurants said Thursday.

The Bottom Line: The fast-food sandwich chain's new beverage contract is aimed at breathing life into its drink sales as consumers order fewer sodas with their subs at its restaurants.

The Bottom Line: Restaurant brands want traffic. Franchisees want profitability. The current operating environment is making that a tough choice and the result has increased tension at many franchises.

A Deeper Dive: Therese Gearhart, president and CEO of the Women’s Foodservice Forum, joins the podcast to talk about the industry’s track record of promoting women.

The fast-food sandwich chain reached a deal with McWin Capital Partners to take over management of the restaurant brand in France, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Belgium.

The fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain is also giving general managers and longtime employees a one-time equity grant. The stock split, the company's first in its history, will take place in June.

Fast-food price increases have made price points between the two brands closer than ever. But there is a better comparison for the casual-dining restaurant chain.

The Bottom Line: Wingstop, Burger King franchisees and robots were the big winners. But maybe count out dynamic pricing for a while.

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