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


How a chain’s reputation influences its performance

In RB's podcast, "A Deeper Dive," Technomic’s Robert Byrne talks about customer perception at chains such as Chipotle, Chick-fil-A and Starbucks.


Custom-focused concept Stacked acquired by private-equity firms

The emerging chain from the founders of BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse has its sights set on becoming a national brand.

An analyst says the company’s sales keep falling, which could lead to more operator challenges, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Weak sales, failed refranchising and costs from a gift card program all contributed to the chain’s financial struggles.

Despite shrinking its unit count in the past couple of years, McDonald's has maintained its status as top dog.

Investors include numerous chefs providing funds to help the concept open locations on the East Coast.

The largest foodservice operator in the Philippines, which recently acquired Smashburger, plans to grow the Tortas Frontera Mexican sandwich chain.

The celebrity chef says publicity over a sexual harassment lawsuit led to a sales decline and lost development deals.

Investors have speculated that JAB would buy the company, but it would likely require a record price, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

But comparisons were easy and traffic remains down despite an improving economy.

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