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Where are the Sit-Down Diners Going? QSR

Casual dining has more and more dine-in competition, now coming from the sleek new QSR restaurants.

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Valentine’s Data: Romance, Traffic and Menu Mix

Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days for almost every restaurant, but there are some major standouts when it comes to romance-related sales spikes.

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Restaurant Finance Monitor Stock Index Update

Brian Niccol is moving from Taco Bell to Chipotle (CMG) and takes over as CEO on March 5. Will Niccol be the right person to reverse Chipotle’s abysmal stock performance over the past two years?

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We Called It: Taco Bell’s Brian Niccol Leaves for Chipotle

By now, the industry knows Taco Bell CEO Brian Niccol will become Chipotle Mexican Grill CEO on March 5. It’s hardly surprising. Niccol’s name appeared in a December Restaurant Finance Monitor story I wrote about ideal candidates for CMG chief executive.

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The Changing Role of the Restaurant CFO

The traditional role of the CFO was to make sure the accounting was proper and the bills were paid. A CFO’s responsibilities now stretch from pricing and labor retention to customer behavior, cultural alignment and even storytelling.

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Introducing the Restaurant Finance Monitor Index

The true health of the restaurant industry is a constant debate.

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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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