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Jonathan Maze

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Leadership

Inspire Brands promotes three executives

John Kelly was named chief company restaurant officer; Tanishia Beacham will be COO for Sonic and Lou Beccarelli chief operating officer for Arby’s.

Financing

Dave & Buster’s sales picked up speed in August

The food-and-games chain, as well as new acquisition Main Event, both saw sales accelerate last month. But that didn’t help margins and the company’s stock price fell.

The third-party delivery company has a 10-year partnership with the autonomous vehicle company Nuro. Deliveries will start in Houston and Mountain View, Calif.

Laxman Narasimhan, who will take over as chief executive next April, told CNBC that he has a unique opportunity to “apprentice” with Interim CEO Howard Schultz.

The sandwich chain’s owners face the ultimate challenge: Revitalizing a brand after a decade-long freefall. They are trying almost everything to bring it back to life.

A Deeper Dive: Mark Lohmann, president of the chain’s parent company Rego Restaurant Group, joins the podcast to talk about the brand’s comeback efforts, including French fries.

The odd saga of one of the fast-food industry’s weirdest products is set for its conclusion with a musical starring Dolly Parton later this month.

The Bottom Line: In naming Laxman Narasimhan to be its next chief executive, Starbucks shows just how much it believes change is needed.

As governments cracked down on prescription drug abuse, clandestine labs in Mexico took over and found an eager market. The resulting crisis has hit the restaurant industry and its workers hard.

The Bottom Line: The smoothie chain changed its ingredients and its menu to focus on health and get back to its original brand vision. The move was not without its risks.

The “Inflation Relief Deal” covers all menu items nationwide and comes amid a growing value push.

The Bottom Line: At least 128 restaurant chains and 19,000 locations would be affected by the legislation. Companies like Jack in the Box and Del Taco may feel it the most.

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