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Financing

How Popeyes changed the chicken business

How did a once-struggling, regional bone-in chicken chain overtake KFC, the formerly dominant player in the U.S. market? With a fixation on sandwiches and many more new restaurants.

Financing

Burger King is now its own biggest operator, for now

The fast-food chain has completed its acquisition of Carrols Restaurant Group, its largest franchisee. The deal will help the brand speed remodels and change its model of franchisee ownership.

The Bottom Line: With more customers opting to eat at home, rather than at restaurants, more fast-food chains will start pushing value this summer.

The retail giant suggested its value is pulling customers away from restaurants, where menu prices continue to increase.

Franchisees gave their OK to the national value promotion, potentially setting the stage for a summertime price war as inflation-weary customers turn away from restaurants.

Prices at limited-service restaurants accelerated last month while grocery store prices declined, according to new federal data.

A Deeper Dive: Dale Schwartz, the eatertainment chain’s CEO, joins the podcast to talk about the growth of his bowling and bocce concept and its decision to go public via SPAC.

The Bottom Line: With McDonald’s planning a $5 value meal of its own, more brands are already jumping onto the bandwagon. But not everybody will pay $5.

The creator of the owner of Twin Peaks, Fazoli’s, Fatburger and other chains was charged in a $47 million false loan scheme and sued by the SEC for misusing company funds. Here’s what we know.

The Bottom Line: Howard Schultz needed just one bad quarter to make public his displeasure with the coffee shop chain. But the stage was set for that two years ago.

George Michell, who owns some of the brand’s most successful locations, claims the company is using its new franchising standards to force him to sell his restaurants.

The Bottom Line: The salad chain’s stock rose 34% on Friday after sales and profitability were better than expected. The company’s shares are above its IPO price for the first time in two years.

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