To stay or to grow? That was the question at Fast Casual Executive Summit

"Should I stay or should I grow?" is one question that many restaurant brands struggle with regarding expansion plans.

Domino’s knocks down 91 straight quarters of global growth

Domino’s Pizza continues to dominate the category with another strong quarter of financials marked by strong growth in same store sales, global store counts, and earnings per share.

Free webinar: 7 essential strategies for recession-proof restaurant systems

Analysts are indicating a restaurant recession has already started. Whatever ultimately happens, it's clear those who invest in point-of-sale technology now will reap rewards later. During this free Nov. 1 webinar, you'll learn to recession-proof your restaurant through POS efficiency.

Uncle Maddio's on franchisee failure: Lessons learned drive growth forward

When you build a brand, you are taking a chance on new franchisees. There will be failures, shares Uncle Maddio's. The trick is to turn those failures into successful strategy moving forward.

Commodity prices rise amidst a week of restaurant turmoil

Amidst a week of bankruptcy announcements and less-than-rosy financial news across the restaurant industry, increasing commodity prices only rubbed salt in the wound last week. Pizza stocks reflected that foggy picture, with half of the brands monitored by this website making gains on the week, and the other half tumbling in value.

Fast Casual Summit: Why being different is better for your brand

A restaurant's differences are its keys to greater value and desirability, says branding guru Sally Hogshead, CEO and founder of Fascinate.

Restaurant industry contracting, says NRA

The NRA's monthly composite index reflecting the health and outlook for the nation's restaurant industry is reflecting the overall shadow that appears to be forming over food service this fall. The NRA's Restaurant Performance Index fell below 100 in August to 99.6 – indicating the industry is contracting.

The incredible growing menu: Taking your digital system chain-wide

As digital menus become the new standard at quick-service restaurants — both inside and at the drive-thru — it’s becoming increasingly critical to make these systems not only scalable to the chain, but also reliable and effective.

Reuters report says restaurants and robotics still haven't mixed

Reuters today published a story on the use of robots in food service, which shows that most restaurateurs are staying with humans for the bulk of their needs due to the high cost of investment in robotics, complexity of tasks in food service, and the problems presented by robot maintenance and repair issues in a restaurant setting.

Commodities: Yum Brands only gainer during a tough week for pizza stocks

Aside from Pizza Hut parent, Yum Brands, last week was a pretty rough one for pizza stocks.

Yum! Brands okays separation, increases dividend and appoints board member

Lots of high-level action occurring this week at Yum Brands with its board of directors giving the go-ahead to the previously announced separation of the company from its China business. Yum China begins trading Nov. 1, on the New York Stock Exchange as YUMC.

Commodities: Another profitable week for pizza operators

Aside from stabilizing auto fuel prices and slightly rising natural gas prices, last week was a particularly rosy one for pizza restaurateurs' bottom lines.

Texas groups join NRF to sue Labor Department over new overtime rule

A group of Texas chambers of commerce has joined the NRF to file suit on behalf of the "millions of employers and employees" that the groups say the new rules will negatively affect.

Commodities: A good week to be in the pizza biz

Despite all the doomsayers last week, predicting the beginning of a restaurant recession, pizza restaurateurs had a very good week last year at the market. Commodity prices -- aside from auto fuel -- all dropped, while the value of pizza stocks rose, particularly at the smaller take-and-bake Papa Murphy's chain.

What the best-dressed pizzas are wearing now

Almonds, arugula, potatoes and eggs, are just a few of the players in the results of our completely unscientific poll of cool and surprisingly tasty pizza toppings, the first of a two-part series on what's "up" in pizza.

The franchisee's financial 4: Top tips to get investors to show you the money (Part 2 of a series on restaurant financial issues)

In yesterday's initial part of this series, readers got expert advise on equipment leasing options and how they can help with your overall food service operations. Today's article, takes a deeper look at the work most restaurateurs must make sure they accomplish before approaching any outside sources for financing their dreams.

To lease or not to lease: 5 tips, if that is your question (Part 1 of 2 on restaurant financing issues)

In a business that demands a steady and relatively liquid cash flow, leasing equipment can make a lot of sense. Here are five tips to help you decide what equipment to lease and how to prepare for the deal.

Commodities: Prices on the rise

The price of commodities were mostly on the rise last week, while the value of pizza stocks fell, making the holiday week less than happy one for those in the pizza business.

Study: 3 restaurant priorities that pay off big

A newly released study from Deloitte shows that a huge chunk of frequent diners prefer to order online, but at quick service restaurants they end up spending 26 percent more on food when they do. For fast casual, it's 13 percent more.

15K restaurants deploy everything from unicorns to engaged employees to fight hunger

Eat out so hungry kids can eat. It’s a simple notion with a huge possible impact, as nearly 15,000 restaurants nationwide join the effort to provide meals for the 1 in 5 American children who cannot count on their next meal.

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