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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Jonathan Maze

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As demand for disaster loans soars, so does frustration

Banks quickly took massive numbers of applications as small businesses sought federal help to get them through the coronavirus shutdown.


Roark Capital raises another $1.4B

The Atlanta-based private-equity firm, which has invested in numerous restaurants, has a new fund.

The Canadian-based brand collector, which operates Cold Stone Creamery and Pinkberry, among many others, has temporarily closed 2,100 locations.

Allegro Merger Corp., citing “extraordinary” conditions, opted not to merge with the bar and grill chain.

Workers staged a walkout and filed complaints after an employee became sick.

As the industry confronts its greatest challenge, we promise to be here for restaurants, their operators and their employees.

Massive and mounting unemployment figures do not tell the full toll of the coronavirus crisis on the restaurant industry.

Restaurants spent too many years loading up on debt and dumping assets, and now those decisions are coming home to roost, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

New federal data shows more than half of job losses last month, though it doesn’t reflect late-month layoffs.

The chain is taking extra precautions to protect workers and employees, prioritizing hot spots.

The German chain, which has six locations in the U.S., had said the coronavirus made it insolvent.

Focus Brands, which also owns Jamba, McAlister’s Deli and several other brands, is offering relief pay and deferring or waiving franchisees’ fees.

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