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Jonathan Maze

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Jonathan Maze

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Financing

Activist wins the J. Alexander’s proxy vote

Ancora Advisors said the company should immediately run a sale process after shareholders withheld votes from two directors.

Financing

McDonald’s is testing voice-activated drive-thrus

The company is testing voice-activated ordering, along with automated fry makers and beverage stations, to improve speed and experience.

The product was so popular during a test that some stores sold out within two weeks.

The company will provide royalty relief to operators and add to the chain’s ad fund in a bid to improve the brand’s recovery.

The latest acquisition gives Fat Brands its eighth brand as it continues to collect franchises.

RB’s The Bottom Line looks at what it would take for the chicken concept to overtake McDonald’s and Starbucks to be the country’s largest restaurant chain.

Robert Thompson, founder of the eatertainment destination, joins the RB podcast "A Deeper Dive" to talk about his company overcomes growth challenges.

The company is doubling down on plant-based Beyond Meat by adding it to burritos.

Reaction to the sale in the burger chain’s home state demonstrates why the company is so successful there, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Profitability concerns and more demand have led to a variety of strategies—and a broad sense that chains have to get this right.

Rising costs, more demands from franchisors and discount strategies are all taking their toll on operators.

More chains are testing robots and drones as delivery experiments continue.