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Jonathan Maze

Executive Editor

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Restaurant Business Executive Editor 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

Shrinking Krystal files for bankruptcy

The fast-food burger chain has gone into debt protection with $65 million in debt and closing units, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Emerging Brands

The Burgerim disaster

Burgerim was once one of the hottest, fastest-growing brands in the U.S. Then its founder left the country, leaving behind a wreckage of unpaid workers, bankrupt franchisees and others struggling to make it work.

The chain is adding the plant-based sandwich to its 2-for-$6 promotion for a limited time.

Industry uncertainty about the service revealed itself at the ICR Conference, and sometimes within the same company, says RB's The Bottom Line.

CEO Clay Dover joins "A Deeper Dive" to discuss growth, labor and his own unique approach to learning about delivery.

The success of the product could help the chain break into areas it might have not considered before, franchisee Carrols says.

The chain became the largest coffee concept in China almost literally overnight with its tech-heavy offering, but fast growth is dangerous, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Franchisee Carrols Restaurant Group said its Popeyes same-store sales were up more than 21% last quarter, while Burger King underperformed.

Former CVS executive Kevin Hourican will replace him while Bene serves as an executive adviser through March.

Adrienne Ingoldt was named chief brand and experience officer, Jennifer Kennedy was named chief product and innovation officer and Sarah Super was named chief risk officer.

The company is promoting its new national delivery partnership with DoorDash this week with a sandwich giveaway.

As delivery companies struggle to generate profits, consolidation appears to be near, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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