June 2017

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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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