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Noodles & Company’s new high-protein, low-carb noodle went through hundreds of iterations before it hit the menu

LEANguini launched earlier this month, but Chef Nick Graff and his team spent two years on R&D to perfect the pasta.

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Some McDonald's customers are doubling up on the discounts

The Bottom Line: In some markets, customers can get the fast-food chain's $5 value meal for $4. The situation illustrates a key rule in the restaurant business: Customers are savvy and will find loopholes.

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Ignore the Red Lobster problem. Sale-leasebacks are not all that bad

The decade-old sale-leaseback at the seafood chain has raised questions about the practice. But experts say it remains a legitimate financing option for operators when done correctly.

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The restaurant M&A market was tough, and then came the bankruptcies

The market for restaurant mergers and acquisitions has been slow for more than two years. But that market is bifurcated, as good deals get done and opportunistic buyers snap up low-priced chains.