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Hargett Hunter Primes New Brands for Growth

The fact that Hargett Hunter Capital Partners picked up two very small brands, ChopShop and Ruggles Green, isn't a big surprise these days, but the PE firm is doing a few things different.

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Will Chipotle’s New Diversification Model Prove Tasty to Investors?

On Chipotle’s bleak, third-quarter earnings call, CEO and Co-founder Steve Ells announced the company was pursuing “strategic alternatives” for five-year-old ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen.

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Two Interesting Features of Shake Shack’s Mobile Ordering Test

On Monday, Shake Shack launched mobile ordering. The single-store test features two novel ideas of which the industry should take note.

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Service or Convenience? New Survey Says Both

It’s a common conversation in the restaurant industry: Does the consumer want great service or great convenience? According to a new survey from POS provider Toast, they want both.

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What Happened at Cosi?

From a high stock price of $43 in 2006 to bankrupt and delisted, Cosi is a tough lesson in high rents and disorganized management for fast-casual restaurants.

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Striking While the Tortilla Warmer Is Hot

Mendocino Farms co-founders Mario Del Pero and wife Ellen Chen invested an undisclosed sum in Dos Toros, a 11-unit New York City-based taqueria chain.

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Starbird Deal Attracts Advice (and Capital) From Greg Dollarhyde

The Culinary Edge Ventures recently raised $5 million in two rounds of funding to launch chicken-centric Starbird.

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My Fit Foods, Farmers in Tow, Steps Up Wholesale Program

My Fit Foods CEO David Goronkin won’t disclose the cost of doubling the size of its now-sprawling central kitchen, which opened in January, in Fort Worth, Texas. But he did say that in so doing the healthy-meal chain is capable of doubling the company’s revenues.

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VC and Branding Firm Breakaway Leads Oath Craft Pizza Series A

When venture capitalist John Burns of Breakaway Ventures met Doug Ferriman, he saw a clear opportunity in Oath pizza.

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Freshly Capitalized Four Foods Group Takes Majority Stake in R&R Barbeque

Four Foods Group has taken a majority stake in the two-unit R&R Barbeque with plans to grow via a unique management equity model.

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MTY Invests Further in US Market with Baja Fresh Acquisition

When Montreal-based MTY Food Group wanted to expand into the U.S. in a big way, it wasn’t going to go it alone.

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Traffic Still Sad as Prices Rise with Income

Why isn’t everyone spending their increased income at restaurants? Well, prices keep rising, too.

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Flurry of Big September Deals Pump Cash Into Restaurants

September has been an incredibly busy month for big deals in the restaurant space, and it’s not even half over.

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Roark Buys Majority Stake in Jimmy John's

Jimmy John's is getting plenty of capital access—without jumping into an ugly stock market—with a new majority stake.

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Bill Ackman’s Bet on Chipotle Will Pit Company-Owned Versus Franchising

Pershing Square Capital’s Bill Ackman announced a $1.2 billion wager on the beleaguered Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) restaurant chain.

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