March Sales Improve, But Not For Everybody

Good news: After a brutal first two months of the year brought on by a lot of bad weather, restaurant sales improved in March. But they didn't improve for casual dining chains that still struggled to bring in customers.

Biglari Gets Poked For His Company's Returns

All three proxy advisory firms, ISS, Glass Lewis and Egan Jones, recommended against Sardar Biglari in his effort to get Cracker Barrel to sell itself. And one of them cited the returns of Big's own company as a reason for the recommendation.

Zoe's Kitchen Has A Strong Debut

Stock weakness in recent days has dented the market for IPOs, unless the company going public generates comparisons with Chipotle. The latest, Zoe's Kitchen, had a strong first day of trading Friday, jumping nearly 70 percent in early trading.

Proxy Advisory Firms Back Darden Activists

UPDATED: Two proxy advisory firms, Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis & Co. have endorsed a pair of activist investors in their push for a special meeting of Darden Restaurants shareholders. Investors frequently take the advisory firms' views into account.

Zoe's Kitchen Prices Its Shares

Zoe's Kitchen, the Plano, Texas-based Mediterranean-inspired fast-casual chain, on Thursday priced the shares for its Friday IPO at $15, the high end of its price range. But the market it'll be entering is suddenly volatile.


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