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In Las Vegas, foodservice workers push back on spread of tech

The Culinary Union is asking for more protections against technology that could threaten jobs. It comes as more restaurants are turning to tech to help ease their labor woes.

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Some McDonald's customers are doubling up on the discounts

The Bottom Line: In some markets, customers can get the fast-food chain's $5 value meal for $4. The situation illustrates a key rule in the restaurant business: Customers are savvy and will find loopholes.

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Ignore the Red Lobster problem. Sale-leasebacks are not all that bad

The decade-old sale-leaseback at the seafood chain has raised questions about the practice. But experts say it remains a legitimate financing option for operators when done correctly.

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The restaurant M&A market was tough, and then came the bankruptcies

The market for restaurant mergers and acquisitions has been slow for more than two years. But that market is bifurcated, as good deals get done and opportunistic buyers snap up low-priced chains.