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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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Keeping Your Restaurant and Organization Relevant

In today’s competitive restaurant world, a restaurant organization’s entire approach to customer needs must take into account many factors. Often, when restaurant owners are faced with closing a business, the story they tell is about their inability to resolve competitive issues and create a sustainable business.

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Report from the “Must Attend” Restaurant Finance & Development Conference

I just returned from the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference, the must attend conference for restaurant industry professionals. The conference attendees spent three days networking, listening to panels focused on critical industry developments and getting macro-economic updates from keynote speakers such as Arthur Laffer (Ronald Reagan’s economic guru) and Guy Adami (daily CNBC stock market commentator).

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Bill Ackman—41% of Assets in QSR, CMG & SBUX Combined….And Still Not Well-Positioned

I wrote an article on my blog (www.rogerlipton.com) on October 11, discussing the three major restaurant positions in Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital portfolio that comprise a massive 41% of his $8.3 billion fund. The companies include Restaurant Brands (QSR), Chipotle (CMG) and Starbucks (SBUX). Visit www.rogerlipton.com to view free restaurant company descriptions and other articles.

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Ab Igram: Grad School Fueled Passion for Franchise Finance

Ab Igram already had a solid resume in business consulting by the time he caught the “bug” for franchise financing. Igram currently serves as managing director of Sponsor and Specialty Finance and Head of Restaurant and Franchise at Webster Bank.

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Robert Daniel: Conservative Strategies Can Help Weather Challenges

Robert Daniel followed a fairly typical path into finance with a business degree and a first job at NationsBank (now Bank of America) 25 years ago. But it was his desire to have knowledge that was more than “a mile wide and an inch deep” that set him on a course to specialize in restaurant finance.

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Thoughts on Who’s Next

Inspire Brands, affiliated with private equity firm Roark Capital, announced the intended purchase of Sonic Corp. (SONC), at a premium of about 18% to the market price prior to the offer. Visit www.rogerlipton.com to view free restaurant company descriptions and other articles.

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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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Finance & Real Estate Directory

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