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Ray Kroc, Not The Founder, But A Financial Engineer

The 52-year-old paper cup and multi-mixer peddler suffering from diabetes and arthritis made it all happen once he discovered the high-volume McDonald’s hamburger stand in San Bernadino, CA in 1954.

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Punch Bowl Social Set to Strike with L Catterton Partnership

Punch Bowl Social is poised for a new phase of growth with an investment from L Catterton.

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Test Suggests Delivery Apps Provide Incremental Sales, not Cannibalization

As larger and larger players explore delivery, the nagging question of whether it’s an incremental advantage or a margin killer keeps coming up.

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Department of Labor Dials Back Murky Joint-Employer Guidance

The past few years of joint-employer news has been “bad, bad and more bad.” But a new note is a small step toward clarity on the issue.

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McAlister’s Leans on Shared Services, Off-Premise after 400-Unit Milestone

When Paul Macaluso took over as president of McAlister’s Deli, he didn’t have a big learning curve, but maintaining the trajectory of the growth sub concept did mean a few tweaks.

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Marcato Wins Buffalo Wild Wings Board Battle, Sally Smith to Retire

The contentious proxy battle for the Buffalo Wild Wings board is over, and Marcato is the clear winner.

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Aslam Khan’s Plan for TGI Fridays: Transparency, Accountability

Aslam Khan is known to many as the successful leader of Falcon Holdings, a franchisee operation that sits near the top of the annual Monitor 200. But now he joins a new wave of successful franchisees turned franchisor leaders as he begins his tenure at the top of TGI Fridays.

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Buffalo Wild Wings Board Cautions Against ‘Fox in the Henhouse’

The proxy battle for the Buffalo Wild Wing board is getting nasty ahead of the June 2 shareholder meeting.

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Monroe Moxness Berg Dynamo Randy Evans Loses Battle with Cancer

Randy Evans, a dynamic restaurant and retail lawyer, loses his battle with cancer.

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Harvard Study Shows Again, Strong Ops Key to Combat Rising Wages

A new study from the Harvard Business School attempts to get to the core of how the rising minimum wage affects restaurant closures, and shows yet again that the best restaurants can manage through.

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Founders Advantage Capital Offers Liquidity Without Boredom

Founders Advantage Capital aims to give reluctant sellers a way to cash in without selling everything.

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The Friendly Acquisition of Mooyah Burgers

A pair of friendly capital partners are taking the reins from another pair of close friends, preparing Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes for its next phase.

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Successful Funding Round Validates Sense360s Deep Behavioral Data

The answer to some of the most important questions in the restaurant business can be answered by data, but getting that data was the hard part.

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Four Foods Group Aims for ‘Prudent’ Rollout After Little Caesars Acquisition

The dynamic duo behind Utah-based Four Foods Group, Shauna and Andrew Smith, are heading south with Little Caesars.

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Cadence Bancorp Completes IPO

Cadence Bancorp, the parent company of restaurant lender Cadence Bank, raised $150 million by selling 7.5 million shares at $20, on April 12.

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