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How Greg Flynn kept the faith through Applebee’s struggles

In this week’s episode of RB's podcast, "A Deeper Dive," the prominent franchisee also discusses his recent purchase of 368 Arby’s restaurants.


Bar and grill chains are still struggling

Despite improvement at Applebee’s and BJ’s, demand at varied menu chains remains weak, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Operators are tapping seasonal ingredients and holiday flavors to create new dishes.

Discounts are still a staple, but new come-ons include free rides and tamales.

With so many restaurants offering delivery, how does a brand stand out? Here are three newly announced attempts.

Comps jumped 7.7% for Applebee’s and 1.2% for IHOP.

The casual-dining operator has hired a new CMO, CFO and ops specialist.

The preliminary results suggest the brand’s comeback strategy is working.

Tim Doherty was named the president and COO in May of the restaurant company his father started and built into one of the industry’s largest franchise operations. Like a lot of second-generation leaders of a family business, he found the job has its own set of challenges and joys.

The decision leaves the stores in control of a bankrupt franchisee with creditors to satisfy.

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