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RBI Buying Authentically-Positioned Chicken Leader Popeyes

The rumors proved true, Restaurant Brands International is set to acquire Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in a deal worth $1.8 billion.

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$1.1B Opportunity: Turning Infrequent Diners into Regulars

How much would turning an infrequent customer into a regular affect the bottom line?

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Julia Stewart Out, Asset-Light Model in Question

DineEquity (NYSE: DIN) CEO Julia Stewart is out.

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Forward-Thinking Panera and Reactionary Buffalo Wild Wings

Earnings releases from Panera (NASDAQ: PNRA) and Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) show the stark difference between forward-thinking innovators and status quo.

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‘Simple’ Growth Brand Wingstop Opens Location 1,000

Dallas-based Wingstop has opened location No. 1,000, a major milestone for a brand defined by its simplicity.

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Bob Evans: Out of the Restaurant Business, Back to Farming

Bob Evans Restaurants and BEF Foods are splitting in a major move that allows the company to focus on its high-margin consumer packaged good business.

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Kasriel Says Too Early to Forecast a Recession in 2017

However, investor expectations of U.S. economic growth will be disappointing in the first half of 2017 predicts economist Paul Kasriel based on his analysis of the slowdown in the growth of commercial bank credit and the monetary base in December 2016.

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Chipotle Names New Agencies To ‘Evolve’ Marketing Program

Moving beyond billboards with tinfoil-wrapped monster burritos, Chipotle is ready for a new marketing campaign.

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Here’s Why Diners Are Losing Their Appetite

Bonnie Riggs, a veteran researcher at the NPD Group, noticed a numerical anomaly as she examined last year’s industry traffic. It stopped halfway through 2016, then nosedived.

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Casual Diner Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Absorbs Largest Franchisee

In this era dominated by refranchising, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is bucking the trend.

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Papa Murphy's CEO Resigns, Jean Birch Named as Interim CEO

Papa Murphy’s is in the midst of a management shakeup.

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch Restaurant Analyst Joe Buckley Dies at 62

It’s with sad news today we learned of the death of Joe Buckley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s restaurant analyst. Joe was recognized by those in both the restaurant industry and securities business as one of the top restaurant analysts. Restaurant industry consultant Malcolm Knapp said it best of Joe: “He was a guy of great integrity and honor.”

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SunTrust, J.P. Morgan Lead 194-Unit GPS Hospitality Acquisition

GPS Hospitality adds nearly 200 additional restaurants in a transaction lead by SunTrust and J.P. Morgan.

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Flat Commodity Outlook Means Further Grocery Competition

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ApplePie Capital gets $16.5 Million in Series B, $180 Million in Loan Capital

ApplePie gets a fresh infusion of $16.5 million from QED Investors and Fifth Third.

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