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


Roti secures $23M investment from tech-focused group

The growing Mediterranean fast casual seeks to raise more.


Chuy’s to reinvest in marketing and off-premise due to tax break

The chain says it will pour $1.5 million into those areas this year.

The company has a potential buyer in a deal valued at $20 million.

The upscale restaurant market has its celebrity chefs, but the limited-service sector is giving rise to a group of marquee-name investors whose very interest tends to anoint their holdings as likely successes.

Can a $25 bottle of wine become the star of your wine list? how about a $15 bottle? We think they can. It takes some digging to find wines that you can sell in that price range, so that’s just what we did. And we found plenty that fit the bill. Not just okay wines, but great ones. A lot of them. There are 84 wines here—and each one provides both you and your customers with a quality product at a very good price.

You can’t run a restaurant without ice—and lots of it.

You have to spend money to make money, and these days you don’t need to spend that much.

To say that Brown’s Chicken, a fast-casual chain with 29 locations in the Chicago area, was hit hard by the recession would be an understatement: Owing more than $10 million to creditors, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009.

The industry—in line with the economy—is experiencing a very uninspiring recovery. But a recovery nonetheless.

If there is one thing to take away from the 2013 Restaurant Growth Index it’s this: competition is more intense than ever.

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