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With unemployment low, restaurants struggle to fill jobs

More operators are cutting hours or delaying new openings as they struggle to find workers.


Why so many big-chain CEOs are out

In the latest edition of "A Deeper Dive," Jonathan Maze and Peter Romeo discuss the spate of big-time chains changing chief executives.

For the first six weeks of Q4, off-premise business has lifted comparable sales for company units by 7%, according to parent BBQ Holdings.

The company has started requiring operators go to a committee rather than close their stores as it seeks to stem a decline in unit count.

Operators like what they’ve seen from new U.S. boss Joe Erlinger so far, says RB’s The Bottom Line, but many remain frustrated by the past few years.

The fast-casual chain reported a same-store sales increase of 2.1% for Q3, its sixth consecutive quarter of sales growth.

But the industry’s same-store sales have stabilized in recent months.

At a time of free-falling traffic for the industry, the smaller casual brands relied largely on pricing to improve results.

The transaction with Allegro Merger will once again make the granddaddy of the casual segment a public company.

RB’s The Bottom Line examines the vastly different strategies deployed by Domino’s Pizza and Papa John’s.

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