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Jonathan Maze


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Sun Holdings buys 131 Applebee’s locations

It’s the second major deal for the Dallas-based franchisee, which is buying out one of the casual dining chain’s largest operators.


At McDonald’s, a text threatens to undo efforts to improve its image

The burger giant, which has been defending itself from charges of discrimination, ignites a furor over a text from CEO Chris Kempczinski to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Instead, more people are eating pizza, at least according to Papa John’s. It dispels a key myth of the pandemic.

The Bottom Line: The pizza chain’s sales have remained strong despite the labor shortage. Its ability to get help from aggregators like DoorDash and Uber Eats is one reason.

The pizza chain's sales improved in September as consumers order more stuffed crust pizzas and Papadias while watching sports and entertainment.

The chain’s sales have recovered from the pandemic and accelerated, while more than a quarter of them are for takeout and delivery.

Jack in the Box offers one more example why profitable and happy franchisees are vital for long-term growth, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Will the labor shortage prove worse for the industry than the pandemic? RB editors Jonathan Maze and Peter Romeo debate that question on the “A Deeper Dive” podcast.

The Inspire Brands chains join a large list of restaurants taking on protein suppliers over the allegations.

The sandwich giant reached a deal with a private investment firm that will more than triple the number of locations in the country over the next decade.

The owner of Johnny Rockets has agreed to its third major acquisition this year after deals for Twin Peaks and Global Franchise Group.

The company plans to open its largest number of global cafes after it closed domestic units to shift its focus to takeout.

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