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Financing

Weak sales and delayed tax refunds push an Arby's franchisee into bankruptcy

Miracle Restaurant Group, which operates 25 restaurants in Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana, sought Chapter 11 debt protection for the second time.

Financing

Some value-related cracks show in Chick-fil-A's foundation

The Bottom Line: The chicken sandwich chain has been an unstoppable powerhouse for years. But customer-satisfaction data and value scores show some diners are frustrated over its prices.

The Seattle-based coffee shop chain, eager to reverse a sales decline, this week introduced a line of energy drinks, hoping to lure more younger customers to its restaurants.

The Bottom Line: The food-and-games concept Chicago WhirlyBall filed for bankruptcy last week as companies like Dave & Buster’s and TopGolf show sales weakness.

River Subs LLC, a large operator out of San Antonio, is seeking Chapter 11 debt protection after losing a nearly $3 million judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit.

The Bottom Line: Same-store sales have slowed markedly for the past year as customers shifted to other options. And now operators are furiously working to get them back.

The large operator has acquired the debt in the casual-dining Mexican chain, paving the way for a potential acquisition.

Some of the country’s largest restaurant chains serve burgers as their main dish. Here’s a look at the 10 biggest, according to the Technomic Top 500.

Technomic Top 500 data reveals a shift in consumer demand for burgers at restaurants, away from traditional fast-food outlets. But they're not all shifting to fast-casual chains.

The Bottom Line: Franchising is no less risky than opening your own restaurant. Just ask former NFL player David Tyree and the former president of McDonald's Mexico.

The fast-food giant will start selling its $5 Meal Deal next week as it works to regain lost traffic. But it is also reminding customers of its existing deals.

Operator EYM Pizza closed 15 locations in Indiana amid a lawsuit from the pizza chain franchisor over unpaid royalties and poor performance.

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