April 2017

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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.


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.


Lane of Arabia Guides Saudi Chains’ Growth

Industry veteran Lane Cardwell won’t discuss his recent interim stint as CEO of Ruby Tuesdays, but his next role takes him far afield.


Will Tax Returns Turn Around Sad Spring Comps?

A whole herd of scapegoats seems to run free around earnings season, and one of the biggest this quarter has been slow tax returns.


Here Come the Luxembourgers! JAB To Buy Panera at $315 a Share

Most people outside the restaurant industry haven’t heard of Joh A. Benckiser, but that’s about to change.


Panera Buyout Rumors Not Out of the Realm of Possibility, Despite High Valuation

Bloomberg News lit up the restaurant industry today with a report that Panera Bread is exploring strategic options including a possible sale of the 2,000-plus unit chain.