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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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Operations

The 2021 National Restaurant Association Show has been canceled

The event won’t be held for the second straight year due to limits on gathering sizes. Organizers will instead provide year-round industry resources.

Financing

Fast-food menu prices have soared during the pandemic

Limited-service restaurants’ prices rose at twice the rate as full-service restaurants last year, says RB’s The Bottom Line. The reason is likely demand and wage rates—and delivery prices.

The plant-based meat maker will work with the burger giant on its McPlant platform and will help create menu items at Yum’s KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands.

The former Checkers and Rally’s chief executive will take over management of the Wisconsin-based burger concept.

The venerable casual-dining chain is less than half the size it was two years ago and is putting its hopes behind delivery-only brands.

The pizza chain says that it doesn’t make money off of delivery and wonders how aggregators will be able to do so, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The pizza chain and rival Domino’s saw their stock prices plunge Thursday as investors worried that the end of the pandemic will hurt their sales.

California’s order against the troubled fast-casual franchise was extraordinarily rare, but collecting on fines and refunds appears unlikely, highlighting challenges with franchise regulations.

CEO Lance Trenary joins the RB podcast “A Deeper Dive” this week to discuss the chain’s numerous responses to the pandemic, including alcohol and drive-thrus.

The state accused the fast-casual burger franchise of taking $57 million in franchise fees from 1,500 investors. The problems were detailed in an RB investigation last year.

Data from Edison Trends also shows the challenges McDonald’s faces in getting its market share back from Popeyes.

Investors are increasingly using “loan-to-own” strategies to take control of restaurant chains, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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