Jonathan Maze

Executive Editor

Articles by
Jonathan Maze

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Fogo's takeout could be a sign of things to come

The company found a better deal by going private, says RB's The Bottom Line. Could others follow?


Cracker Barrel puts its hope in catering

The family-dining chain is confident in the future of its takeout business.

In this environment, anything is possible, but such a deal seems unlikely, says RB's The Bottom Line.

The pizza chain's 4.2% U.S. same-store sales were the lowest in four years as store count accelerates.

The take-private deal comes less than three years after Fogo went public.

Le Duff America sells off other concepts as it plans to expand its parent company's legacy concept in the States.

Shifting consumer demands have hammered the likes of Applebee's and Chili's, and their recovery is uncertain, says RB's The Bottom Line.

But all other sectors showed sales growth last year, according to Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Advance Report.

The Bottom Line: Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings want to buy more brands, and they have plenty of choices.

The chain is removing cheeseburgers from the meals as part of a bid to make them more nutritious.

The Bottom Line: The burrito chain has been trending toward normalization for some time now, and that's a good thing.

The rapidly growing chicken concept could be its biggest threat, says RB's The Bottom Line.