If you believe the hype, virtual restaurants are a savior for existing restaurants struggling to turn a profit or looking to monetize excess kitchen capacity. For the countless operators now buying into virtual concepts from existing restaurant players, well-capitalized technology brands or … Read more >>

The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act was enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Trump. $900 billion of COVID relief includes round two of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan program.  $284 billion has been set aside for PPP-2, called … Read more >>

Despite the havoc of the pandemic, restaurant dealmakers remain positive about the future. To be sure, many of 2020’s transactions — including last year’s $11.3 billion Dunkin’ Brands acquisition by Inspire Brands—were in the works ahead of the March shutdown, easing their completion.  Read more >>

The pandemic has offered restaurants a much-needed reset button. For years progressive restaurateurs, especially those in fine dining, have been looking for a way to make the industry into a “real” profession, while also finding a way to even out the inequities in pay between the servers in … Read more >>

Wintrust Bank CEO Ed Wehmer recalled his dad asking him in high school, “What’re you going to do for your career? Why don’t you be a CPA and then you can go around and ask any questions you want about all sorts of businesses?”  Read more >>

On August 4 the names Sandy Beall, Kevin Reddy and Doug Jacob appeared in a prospectus for a blank-check company called FAST Acquisition Corp (FAC). Known formally as a Special Purpose Acquisition Company, or SPAC, FAC is among 64 other such entities filing so far this year to go public for … Read more >>