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Matchbox Food Group Relies on ‘Fans and Family’ for $20M

The typical startup cycle these days is to get some money from friends and family, prove a concept in a few locations, get a private equity partner and keep growing. But Matchbox Food Group is changing up a few things.

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Chip-And-Pin Upgrades Met With Apathy

With an October 1 liability change, a lot of retailers are wondering if an EMV upgrade is really worth the cost.

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Most Restaurant Chains Say 'Thank You Janet Yellen'

Restaurant borrowers breathed a sigh of relief last Thursday when Federal Reserve chair, Janet Yellen, announced that interest rates would remain near zero for the immediate future.

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Taco Bell Opens the Liquor Shelf at Chicago Location

Even Taco Bell wants to be the next Chipotle. The latest in a long string of fast-casual efforts from YUM! opens today in Chicago.

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Jamba Juice Nears 90-10 Asset-Light Model with Another Refranchising Deal

Jamba Juice announced another refranchising deal, selling off 13 more company-owned stores in their transition to an asset-light model.

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Industry Mourns Subway Co-Founder Fred DeLuca

Subway co-founder and CEO Fred DeLuca has passed away at 67.

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Chipotle Linked to Minnesota Salmonella Outbreak

Chipotle has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 45 people, hospitalizing five.

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Piling on Chipotle: The Mexican Fast-Casual Suffers Heated Attack

Chipotle Mexican Grill, apparently, rubs some people the wrong way. This wouldn’t be news, really, because customers typically gripe about food and service in restaurants .

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Brand Equity, Consistency Drives Restaurant Stocks

Despite the market volatility of recent weeks, restaurant stocks are still seen as strong investments, according to Piper Jaffray’s restaurant analysts, Nicole Miller Regan and Joshua Long.

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NLRB Issues Game-Changing Joint-Employer Decision

The day that many franchised businesses feared for years is here.

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Chipotle Grabs Data, Creates Brand Loyalists with Cultivate Festival

Event registration fees, vendor fees and sponsorships can bring in incredible revenue and enhance a brand. But Chipotle is also dredging its customer base for a bounty of data.

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Will Restaurant IPOs Take A Breather Due to Market Turmoil?

Recent weakness in the shares of restaurant chains that completed initial public offerings (IPOs) during the past two years calls into question whether the recent stock market turmoil might put a damper on the popular financing technique.

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Buffalo Wild Wings Investing in Tech, Expansion and Loyalty

During an analyst dinner, Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD) revealed a mixture of new strategies and an update on its aggressive growth plans.

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A Rare Equity Partnership Reaps Benefits for Tender Greens

No one we talked to recently could remember a private equity firm and a strategic investor banding together to invest in another restaurant company.

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Yum! Brands’ Sam Su Retiring, China Segment Focuses on Brand Affinity

Sam Su is out and Muktesh “Micky” Pant is in as the new CEO of the Yum! China unit.

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