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Meet restaurants’ new robotic workforce

Hundreds of operations are now using automatons to perform tasks typically handled by humans. Here’s a look at what the bots are doing and how it’s making a difference.

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Franchise sales were hot last year as operators cashed out

The Bottom Line: More than 9% of restaurants in the 20 largest franchise restaurant brands changed hands last year. But operators may have missed their chance at historically high valuations.

Financing

A weak U.K. economy gives some U.S. restaurants headaches

The Bottom Line: Domino’s, Papa John’s and Krispy Kreme all said challenges across the pond caused weakness in their results. That could portend to slowing global growth.

Operations

Movement to ban gas cooking puts the heat on restaurants

Cities have quietly banned the use of gas stoves. Washington D.C. is the latest to push for all-electric kitchens and Boston may be next.