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Fresh Ruby Tuesday CEO Searching for Brand’s ‘New Voice’

New CEO Ray Blanchette has a big task ahead of him as he looks to put Ruby Tuesday on a new course toward growth.

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Three Themes from ICR Day One

Much of the public restaurant industry gathered in Orlando for the 2018 ICR Conference to catch up in the New Year.

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Roger Lipton: Zoe's 'Admirable' but Stock Is Overpriced

Even with ZOES down more than 65% from its historical high, investors still have an unusually long wait before the fundamentals catch up with the current stock price. Visit www.liptonfinancialservices.com to view more stories from Roger and company descriptions.

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The Blessing of the Minimum Wage Fallacy

University of Michigan-Flint economics professor Mark Perry explains the impact of the minimum wage increases (18 of them) that took place on January 1 in one simple lesson on the American Enterprise Institute’s Carpe Diem blog.

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For Safe Cultures, Insurance Can Become a Revenue Stream

Just about every owner large and small has seen business insurance premiums grow dramatically in recent years. But for the right companies, those premiums can turn into a revenue stream.

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Papa Johns Founder Out After Mixing Politics, Pizza

Papa John’s is trying to put the focus back on pizza. Founder John Schnatter is stepping aside, and President Steve Ritchie will take over as CEO on January 1.

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Analysts See Many Winners Under Tax Plan

There are a handful of restaurants companies that still haven’t reached their projected tax-reform prices.

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Subway Defends $4.99 Footlong as ‘Best Short-Term Option’

The franchisor-franchisee relationship can be a contentious one, that’s not news to anyone, but the Subway system is particularly prickly right now.

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Comp and Traffic Trends Bring Cautious Optimism

It’s tough to celebrate negative numbers, but third quarter and early fourth quarter trends may hold a sliver of optimism that at least the ugly trends are slowing down.

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Roger Lipton: El Pollo Loco is Low Risk, Possibly Rewarding

LOCO is in a position to bring in the diner dollars if it makes the right changes, and if customers notice.

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Worker Rights Movement on the Move in NYC

The employee-rights movement continues to gain momentum, most recently in New York City.

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Roger Lipton: Can the Economy Overcome the Post-Tax Debt Load?

It would be great if prosperity easy to create, but unintended consequences of tax reform are still to come. Visit www.liptonfinancialservices.com to view more stories from Roger and company descriptions.

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FASB Clarifies Unnerving Revenue Recognition Language

The Financial Accounting Standards Board, which sets GAAP standards, has clarified some language around new revenue-recognition guidelines.

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Roger Lipton: Jack In The Box 'Disappointing by Most Measures'

JACK reported yearend results last evening after the close, disappointing by most measures, especially the results at Qdoba, which has been reported to be for sale. Visit www.liptonfinancialservices.com to view more stories from Roger and company descriptions.

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Steve Ells Stepping Down, Chipotle Hunts for New CEO

Chipotle announced that Steve Ells would be exiting his role as chairman and CEO, becoming executive chairman when the company can find a replacement for the man who founded the brand back in 1993.

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