Jonathan Maze

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Financing

Will drive-thru coffee be better burger, or frozen yogurt?

The Bottom Line: Frozen yogurt and better burger chains dominated growth a decade ago. Their differing long-term results are instructive for today’s hot restaurant sectors.

Financing

At Pinstripes, a strong April couldn't appease Wall Street

The bowling-and-bocce eatertainment chain’s sales were strong in April. But investors hammered the stock after it reported weak profitability.

As Subway's dominance has eroded over the past decade, Jersey Mike's has rapidly gained market share in the sub-sandwich restaurant category, setting the stage for an eventual takeover.

The chain of conveyor-belt sushi restaurants said that its results last quarter “did not meet our expectations” and blamed it on “unanticipated softness in California.”

The Bottom Line: Closures and bankruptcy filings have become commonplace in recent months. It’s a tough market, and this is the result.

Restaurant Business looks at the 10 brands from the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report that grew the fastest in 2013, one decade ago. Here’s how they’re doing today.

A Deeper Dive: Juan Martinez, principal with Profitality, joins the podcast to talk about value and how companies can win in a tough market.

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

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.

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