Financing

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

Financing

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.

Financing

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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