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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. Visit www.liptonfinancialservices.com to view more stories from Roger and company descriptions.

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iPic Goes Public with $40 Million IPO

iPic Entertainment Inc. is now public as NASDAQ: IPIC.

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A Skeptical Look at Starbucks’ Wage and Benefit Spending

Starbucks is getting a whole lot of goodwill for its announcement that it will raise wages and give sick time and other benefits to employees, as it should. But the skeptic in me can’t help but see this as a desperate employee-marketing program in a period of intense labor pains.

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Advertising at the Big Game? May Your Best Market Win

Research from location-analytics firm Sense360 shows that if a company is spending big on a major sporting event, it’s has an outsized impact on the team’s local market.

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At 50, Roy Rogers Updating to ‘Version 3.0’

Only a handful of restaurant brands have been around for 50 years. But Roy Rogers has been slinging burgers and fried chicken since 1968.

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Delivery, Capital Allocation Big Themes From ICR Day Two

Some of the largest public restaurant brands had a lot to say on the second day of the ICR Conference.

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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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