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Leadership

Restaurant aid failure exposes a growing lobbying rift

The National Restaurant Association and the Independent Restaurant Coalition both pushed for more aid to help the industry during the pandemic. But differing styles and disagreements between the two may have hampered the effort.

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Financing

So much for Freshii being worth $1B

The Bottom Line: Investment bankers initially pushed the healthy fast-casual franchise as a $1 billion brand. It never came close to that. And then the pandemic hit.

Financing

Automation doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing choice

Technomic's Take: Declining labor force participation is putting pressure on restaurants. Technology that makes workers' lives easier can help address those challenges.

Emerging Brands

Slim & Husky’s prepares to take its hip hop-inspired pizza concept to a broader stage

Three friends are building a fast-casual brand around oblong pizza, music, art and outrageous cinnamon rolls.