February 2018

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2018 Tax Reform Webinar

With tax reform legislation now law, it’s important than restaurant accounting, finance and tax professionals understand the important changes brought about by this legislation in order to take full advantage of the changes. We covered this topic in a webinar which you can now watch here.

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Roger Lipton: Market Volatility in Three Charts

The last two weeks have been especially volatile in the capital markets.

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Where are the Sit-Down Diners Going? QSR

Casual dining has more and more dine-in competition, now coming from the sleek new QSR restaurants.

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Valentine’s Data: Romance, Traffic and Menu Mix

Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days for almost every restaurant, but there are some major standouts when it comes to romance-related sales spikes.

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Restaurant Finance Monitor Stock Index Update

Brian Niccol is moving from Taco Bell to Chipotle (CMG) and takes over as CEO on March 5. Will Niccol be the right person to reverse Chipotle’s abysmal stock performance over the past two years?

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We Called It: Taco Bell’s Brian Niccol Leaves for Chipotle

By now, the industry knows Taco Bell CEO Brian Niccol will become Chipotle Mexican Grill CEO on March 5. It’s hardly surprising. Niccol’s name appeared in a December Restaurant Finance Monitor story I wrote about ideal candidates for CMG chief executive.

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The Changing Role of the Restaurant CFO

The traditional role of the CFO was to make sure the accounting was proper and the bills were paid. A CFO’s responsibilities now stretch from pricing and labor retention to customer behavior, cultural alignment and even storytelling.

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Introducing the Restaurant Finance Monitor Index

The true health of the restaurant industry is a constant debate.

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Paul Brown’s Balancing Act at Inspire Brands

The deal with Buffalo Wild Wings is done, and now Paul Brown has begun his balancing act at the helm at Inspire Brands.

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Hummus & Pita Co.: Brooklyn Soul and Kitchen Fund Cash

When David Pesso and his brother were thinking about branching out in the restaurant world, they wanted something new and creative. But it was the family recipe book that served as the seed of The Hummus & Pita Co.

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Roger Lipton: Here Comes the Fed's Next Test

Don’t Fight the Fed” has proven to be one of the simplest, but most durable, tools in capital management.

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