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Jonathan Maze

Editor-in-Chief

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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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Financing

A Pizza Hut franchisee battling with its franchisor files for bankruptcy

EYM Pizza, which has traded lawsuits with Pizza Hut over the franchisor’s efforts to terminate the stores over unpaid royalties, sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Texas.

Marketing

McDonald's will extend its $5 meal deal in most markets

Most of the fast-food giant’s markets have agreed to extend the discounted deal past its one-month limit. But the approval came after a heavy dose of politicking.

The Bottom Line: With the coffee shop chain reportedly talking with an activist investor, here’s a look at some of the potential changes they might demand.

A pair of private-equity groups, Verlinvest and Mistral Equity Partners, bought the stake, which values the cookie chain at $350 million. Krispy Kreme is keeping a 34% share in the concept.

The Bottom Line: The bakery/café chain is reportedly planning to sell Caribou and Einstein Bros. restaurant concepts three years after forming Panera Brands.

Elliott Investment Management is apparently pushing the Seattle-based coffee shop chain to make changes, according to multiple media reports.

The coffee shop chain's mobile ordering system was not functional on Friday and some stores even shut down amid a global outage by Microsoft and the cybersecurity company CrowdStrike.

The Bottom Line: Restaurant sales have grown for most of the past two years. But they haven't kept pace with menu price inflation, suggesting the industry is saturated again.

The pizza chain is thriving again, generating more traffic, thanks to changes made in Domino’s Rewards last year.

The company’s same-store sales rose 4.8%, thanks to profitable traffic growth, but its stock plunged amid issues with one of its global operators.

The Bottom Line: The retail giant is adding regional restaurant chains to its stores, giving them some key exposure. But there are some real drawbacks to pay attention to.

Steak chains once again dominate the list of brands with the highest sales per unit, according to Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. But Portillo’s and Chick-fil-A boast some impressive numbers.

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