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Peter Romeo

Editor at Large

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Peter Romeo

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Financing

Lending is coming back. What should you do?

It’s not like restaurants haven’t wanted to grow over the last year. It’s just nobody wants to lend the money for it.

RLC Idea: How El Pollo Loco leverages its A players

Every chain has A, B and C units. A key to growth—without actually building new stores—can be in turning C’s into B’s and B’s into A’s.

Voicing agreement that the worst is over for restaurants, attendees of the Restaurant Leadership Conference said they came to the Scottsdale, Ariz., event with an ear cocked for insights into chains’ near-term prospects.

The venerable Honey Baked Ham retail chain is branching into full-service restaurants with a concept promising no shortcuts in the preparation of its breakfast and lunch specialties.

A wholesaler of oversized burger patties is reversing the usual restaurant-to-retail route by launching a fast-casual chain based on a familiar grocery-store brand.

An Australian fast-casual chain that specializes in grilled chicken “burgers” is set to open its first U.S. restaurant on Feb. 25 in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

The management of BJ’s Restaurants often uses descriptors like “premium” and “polished” to peg the casual-dining echelon it’s claimed as a niche. Now the co-founders of the high-flying brand are giving a similar upscale nudge to their new entrant in the fast-casual market, a spec-your-own concept called Stacked.

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