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Consumer Confidence Surges, But Restaurant Traffic Down 3.3% in November

Consumers are beaming about the economy, but they’re still not going to restaurants.

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Howard Schultz’s New Project: The 4X Starbucks

Starbucks shocked investors when it announced CEO Howard Schultz would be stepping down in April to play the mad scientist in the company’s high-end locations.

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Judge Puts New Overtime Rule on Hold

In a last-minute decision, a judge in Texas has put the nationwide overtime rule on hold just days before it was set to go into effect December 1, 2016.

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Analysts Discuss 2017 for Public Restaurants

It's been a volatile year for restaurant stocks, but since the election most stocks on the Monitor watch list have seen a dramatic lift.

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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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Conferences

Cosmopolitan Hotel

Restaurant Finance & Development Conference
November 13-15, 2017
Cosmopolitan​, Las Vegas

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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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