March 2018

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Butterfly Buys a Brand Ahead of Its Time

The fast-casual segment appears to be evolving, causing private equity investors to pursue brands featuring menus ahead of their time. Case in point: Modern Market. Founders of the 30-unit chain sold controlling interest in late February to Butterfly Equity, a Los Angeles private equity firm specializing in “seed-to-table” investments.


What the Monitor Stock Index Is Telling Us

The Restaurant Finance Monitor Stock Index (RSM) has returned 2.14% as of March 14, 2018, behind the S&P 500, which is up 3.16%.


Delivering Yourself? Good Luck Finding Drivers

The labor situation is difficult, and restaurateurs looking to get into the delivery wave themselves have an especially difficult task.


Roger Lipton: Cooper's Hawk Checks 'Experiential' and 'Lifestyle' Boxes

Cooper’s Hawk has grown to 30 high-volume locations by tapping into the experiential and lifestyle trends that keep casual diners coming back.