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


Big Burger King franchisee Carrols sees some dramatic improvement

Store closures, cost cuts and rising sales are putting the operator on a path toward positive cash flow.


The owner of Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes plans to declare bankruptcy

Garden Fresh Restaurants has hired bankruptcy counsel and says it sees “no way to operate” given FDA recommendations that buffets not open.

With plenty of business through their drive-thrus, chains such as Chick-fil-A, Del Taco and Wendy’s are in no hurry to reopen dining rooms.

A restaurateur has already been arrested. The Justice Department has vowed to pursue more abusers of the system.

Consumers flocked to local and chain restaurants to get tacos as the holiday landed on a Taco Tuesday, overwhelming some operators.

The chain’s same-store sales rose 27% as third-party delivery and consumers staying home bolstered its performance.

This week’s edition of “A Deeper Dive” features Jeff Brand, founder of real estate developer and broker Brand Partners.

The shift by off-premise customers to dine-in service was minimal, according to the chain’s parent.

The chain’s morning sales have held up during the pandemic, helping its sales more fully recover in recent weeks.

Off-premise sales are running at an annual rate of about $4 million a year.

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