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Jonathan Maze

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Jonathan Maze

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Leadership

Beto Guajardo named president of Focus Brands International

Tory Bartlett was named chief operating officer and brand lead of Schlotzsky’s

Financing

Lenders weigh a new restaurant landscape

With a lot of operators in dire straits, expect banks to give them breaks—but the post-pandemic lending market could be very different, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Fat Brands says it expects to close a deal by the end of this quarter as prices fall and flexibility increases.

As restaurants reopen, many regulations explicitly forbid buffets and self-service. That could require massive changes at buffet concepts, or their end altogether, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

CtW Investment Group, which works with union-backed pension funds, is calling for shareholders to remove Enrique Hernandez over CEO Steve Easterbrook’s exit deal.

With tens of thousands of retail and restaurant closures, the pandemic will accelerate consumer trends, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

As states allow dining rooms to reopen, operators face haphazard regulations, an economic recession, health concerns and major risks.

New federal guidance could require big, publicly traded companies to return their Paycheck Protection Program funds.

Sale changed dramatically as consumers adjusted their behavior, but international sales have been weaker.

Chain-shaming has taken on a life of its own, even as Congress adds more funding. But anger should focus on the program’s design, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Amid scrutiny over large chains getting federal assistance, the revolving sushi concept will send back $6 million.

Companies that make it through a near-death experience may be more conservative financially, but don’t expect them to abandon risks altogether.

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