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Karen Hutton: Developer Puts Tenacity to Work for Her Clients

Karen J. Hutton admits that she hates to lose. “I’m very competitive. I want Hutton to be the best, and I want the client to see me as offering as much or better service than anyone else. That’s my drive every day,”

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Pabst: Helping Owners Execute an Exit Strategy

Experience and problem-solving matter in the world of M&A, according to Bill Pabst, a principal with The Cypress Group.

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Hung to Lead First Tennessee’s Franchise Group

Restaurant lender Tom Hung has joined First Tennessee Franchise Finance as Managing Director, Group Head of Franchise Finance.

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Chicken Salad Chick—Comfort Food And A Great Corporate Culture

Chicken Salad Chick, based in Auburn, Alabama, was formed in 2008, by Stacy Brown. Stacy was a stay-at-home mom and self-proclaimed connoisseur of chicken salad who began the business by selling chicken salad made from her home kitchen. Visit www.rogerlipton.com to view free restaurant company descriptions and other articles.

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Shake Shack (SHAK) Reports Mixed Bag, Concept Matures, As Management Predicted

Yesterday, Shake Shack reported their fourth quarter and 2018 results. It was very much as management had predicted, reflecting modest same store sales gains, cost pressures at the store level as well as continued high administrative expenses to support very rapid expansion. Visit www.rogerlipton.com to view free restaurant company descriptions and other articles.

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Restaurant Brands International (QSR) Weakens After Kraft Heinz (KHC) Disappoints—Why?

It is not a coincidence that Restaurant Brand International’s stock was uncharacteristically weak, in a strong market, last Friday, as Kraft Heinz (KHC) was “taken out and shot,” down 25% on the day. Visit www.rogerlipton.com to view free restaurant company descriptions and other articles.

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Biglari Sells 402,427 Shares of Cracker Barrel; Loans Fat Brands $20 million

Fat Brands (FAT-NASDAQCM), the franchisor that owns Fatburger, Hurricane Grill and Wings, Buffalo’s Café and Buffalo’s Express, Ponderosa and Bonanza Steakhouses, and Yalla Mediterranean, has received a $20 million loan from Sardar Biglari’s managed investment fund, The Lion Fund, L.P. and The Lion Fund II, L.P.

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Restaurant Brands International (QSR)—The Devil Is In The Details

Restaurant Brands is here to stay (not surprisingly), but the operating details of this situation reflect a great deal of financial engineering rather than predictable, above average, long term operating progress. Visit www.rogerlipton.com to view free restaurant company descriptions and other articles.

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Thompson: 30 Years in Franchise Finance

Rick Thompson has a long track record in the franchise finance sector that has included playing a key role in building franchise finance platforms for major lenders.

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Satisfying The Restaurant Needs Of Generation Groups

Each generational group has different wants and needs that influence their restaurant purchase behavior. Accordingly, foodservice marketers need to understand how to gain the attention of these consumers to drive traffic.

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Texas Roadhouse: There Could Be a Better Buying Opportunity

Texas Roadhouse is one of the premier restaurant operators. Management is outstanding, their long-term record is superb, and we don’t doubt that they will continue to be very profitable. Visit www.rogerlipton.com to view free restaurant company descriptions and other articles.

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Armando Pedroza: Lenders Are Lining Up for Restaurants

Armando Pedroza clearly remembers the first restaurant loan he ever made. It was Dec. 20, 1995.

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Dan Holland: Serving Up Capital Along with A Side of Advice

Dan Holland has spent his entire banking career keenly focused on restaurant finance and he has a healthy respect for operators.

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Brenna Wadleigh: Crunching the Numbers on New Development

Brenna Wadleigh earned a degree in finance from the University of Texas at Arlington and also is a CPA. So, it is no surprise that as CEO of N3 Real Estate she makes sure the math works on new development deals.

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Still Too Many Restaurants

Restaurants in major markets across the country are struggling to adjust to labor shortages, pay increased health care costs, absorb rising food costs and steep rents, and deal with the expectations of today’s consumers. Some are downsizing, and Others are turning to delivery apps to grow revenue. Some are just shutting their doors.

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Cole: The Road From Wall Street to Main Street

After earning a master’s in economics from Columbia University in New York City in the early 1990s, it is no surprise that the first stop for Nick Cole was Wall Street.

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Conferences

Cosmopolitan Hotel

Restaurant Finance & Development Conference
November 11-13, 2019
Bellagio, Las Vegas​

Find financing and make deals at the best networking event in the restaurant industry.

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FINANCE & REAL ESTATE DIRECTORY

Franchise Times would like to introduce you to the lenders and real estate advisory sources that are targeting the restaurant industry.

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