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How eatertainment chains are easing back into the business of selling fun

After a year of bankruptcies and bad news, food-and-games brands are welcoming families back with promotions, new menu offerings and more. But they still have a way to go to get back to pre-pandemic sales.

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Financing

Last quarter’s big winner: Higher menu prices

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Financing

For Starbucks, unspent gift cards become a big business

The Bottom Line: As customers returned to Starbucks, revenue from unspent gift cards did, too, providing the coffee giant with a weird and profitable source of funds.