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Jonathan Maze

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Financing

The story behind Killer Burger

A Deeper Dive: John Dikos, CEO of the chain, and VP of Finance and Strategy Adam Sanders join the podcast to talk about the 20-unit chain and its growth potential.

Technology

Starbucks is doubling down on coffee delivery

The coffee giant is expanding its deal with DoorDash nationwide and expects delivery to be available in all 50 states by March.

The Bottom Line: The chain is eyeing its first Tennessee restaurants in 2026. But it has also ceded growth to other competitors.

More ICR tidbits: The Italian beef and hot dog chain shows why soft opens are important; some skepticism on the Red Robin grills plan; El Pollo Loco wants more kids and an unexpected interruption.

The Bottom Line: The closely held burger chain’s decision to open a corporate hub in Tennessee, where it has no units, is a head scratcher. But there are good business reasons for the move.

The burger chain’s largest shareholder and chairman opted not to seek a deal for the company. Kurt Kane, the burger chain's U.S. president, is leaving as part of a broad corporate restructuring.

The drive-thru beverage chain is taking a page out of Domino’s playbook and building more locations to ease capacity restraints. But Wall Street is not entirely convinced.

The Bottom Line: Sale processes like the one the sandwich giant is apparently planning do not come very often. That doesn’t mean a sale is a slam dunk. And $10 billion may be tough to get.

Prices for restaurant meals rose 8.3% year over year in December as full-service operators slowed their price increases. Inflation as a whole also slowed down in the month.

Noting that in-store workers don’t have the privilege to work from home, Interim CEO Howard Schultz said employees need to come into the office three days a week.

The privately held sandwich giant has reportedly hired advisers to explore a sale. It would attract a wide range of potential buyers.

More acquisitions, slowing food costs, omnichannel business models and evolving loyalty programs all featured prominently in operators’ presentations during the three-day event in Orlando.

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