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Biography

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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Jonathan Maze

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Financing

Among restaurant chains, easy takeout won during the pandemic

RB’s The Bottom Line looks at the quarantine’s winners and losers last quarter and finds some parallels.

Leadership

Focus Brands names Brian Krause chief development officer

He replaces Tim Muir, who was named chief sales officer at the parent company of Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon.

The chicken chain has made its new Secret Recipe Fries a permanent addition to its menu and is pricing them at 30 cents Monday.

The chain’s newly remodeled Florida unit opened this week, featuring solar panels and covers all of its energy needs.

Extra unemployment insurance has helped the restaurant industry, says RB’s The Bottom Line. Now it’s slated to end.

A Bank of America report suggests larger chains have already recovered their pre-pandemic sales, while smaller chains lag.

The coffee giant will require facial coverings starting July 15, making it the first major restaurant chain to take that step.

Biglari Holdings CEO reportedly compares himself to 19th century industrialists and talks about the pandemic’s impact on his burger chain, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

RB’s The Bottom Line examines the benefits and drawbacks of getting into the hottest chicken concept in the country.

This week’s edition of the RB podcast “A Deeper Dive” features editors Jonathan Maze and Peter Romeo discussing the coronavirus resurgence and its impact on the industry.

Sales tracking data suggest that industry sales are slowing as reopenings pause and the virus spreads, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The SBA released detailed information revealing which companies received federal stimulus dollars. Here's a look at some of the restaurants that received them.

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