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In brief: Q3 results for Ruth’s Chris, Chuy’s, J. Alexander’s, STK

At a time of free-falling traffic for the industry, the smaller casual brands relied largely on pricing to improve results.

Emerging Brands

Full-service chains test-drive a fleet of new growth vehicles

Diversification into new concepts is sweeping through casual dining in particular. Here’s a rundown of who’s trying what.

The polished-casual operator intends to stay in the high end of the casual market with a new steak and seafood venture.

The polished-casual chain said it is also open to a significant “strategic” equity investment.

RB’s The Bottom Line compares proposals for the two casual-dining operators to previous restaurant chain transactions.

Ancora Advisors said the company should immediately run a sale process after shareholders withheld votes from two directors.

Institutional Shareholder Services told the company’s investors to withhold votes from two directors.

The casual-dining company “doubts” that the acquisition proposal was “bona fide.”

Ancora Advisors, which made an offer to buy the company in April, is urging shareholders to vote against board members, kicking off a proxy fight.

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