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Jonathan Maze


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Restaurant Business Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze is a longtime industry journalist who writes about restaurant finance, mergers and acquisitions and the economy, with a particular focus on quick-service restaurants. He writes daily about the factors influencing the operating environment, including labor and food costs and various industry trends such as technology and delivery.

Jonathan has been widely quoted in media publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post and has appeared on CNBC, Yahoo Finance and NPR. He writes a weekly finance-focused newsletter for Restaurant Business, The Bottom Line, and is the host of the weekly podcast “A Deeper Dive.”

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Starbucks does well in Italy, while Domino’s does not

The Bottom Line: Consumers are apparently warming to the coffee giant. But the pizza chain is calling it quits in the marke


Sweetgreen cuts 5% of workforce after warning on sales and profits

The salad chain is cutting costs to get to profitability after it warned that sales and profits would be below expectations. The news sent the company’s stock price plunging.

MTY Food Group, which also owns Pinkberry and Cold Stone Creamery, among many others, will buy BBQ Holdings for $17.25 per share.

The private equity fund will merge the 750-unit burrito chain with Modern Market and Lemonade owner Modern Market Concepts.

Earnings Roundup: Chuy's sales hurt by the Texas heat and Fat Brands looks for more acquisition targets.

Executives with some chains say their diners are shifting to discounts while others say their customers are spending more.

The burger chain broke ground on a new prototype with fewer or no seats, which it says can save on buildout costs and could prompt more development.

The pizza chain is coming out with a line of Papa Bowls that feature pizza toppings without the crust.

The sandwich chain is testing new in-store technology as digital sales now represent more than a third of revenue.

The Bottom Line: The wars will be fought on mobile phones and in local markets rather than through big national discount deals.

John Cappasola has stepped down as the chain’s chief executive following its sale to Jack in the Box.

The industry added 74,100 jobs, its best rate in months. But the number of employees remains short of pre-pandemic levels.

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