Rethinking an IPO in a seller’s market

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Going public means being prepared for much greater transparency and accountability in business operations.

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Tips on preparing for a minimum wage increase

Make good hiring decisions; mistakes can be costly since training new employees is a considerable investment.

Factors driving interchange rates down

Competition is offering merchants new ways to accept payments and this will lower fees over time.

The hidden costs of delivery

Consolidation is more efficient, less time-consuming and more economical.

Optimize distribution costs

Consolidate dry, refrigerated and frozen items and include paper goods and cleaning supplies.

Patxi's Pizza responds to settlement over health care law

Company accounting records show 4-percent surcharge was collected for employee health care costs only.

Papa John's boycott threatened over CEO's Obamacare comments

Founder John Schnatter estimates that the reform law will cost between $5 million and $8 million annually.

U.S. restaurant industry outlook: Slow and steady improvement

CIT's managing director says financing continues to open up for restaurant companies.

Commentary: How to build customer demand counter-intuitively

By limiting capacity, while maintaining good quality and service, operators can assure that demand remains high.

Gas prices set Labor Day record

Drops in natural gas and wheat provide relief.

Premium gas prices hit $4 mark

The cost of cheese continues to rise.

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NEWS


Papa Murphy’s releases first public quarterly results

Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc. announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, its first earnings report since going public earlier this month. Highlights for Q1 2014 compared to Q1 2013 include: Total revenues were $25.1 million compared to...

Papa Murphy's IPO priced at $11 per share

Papa Murphy's Holdings has announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 5,833,333 shares of common stock at $11.00 per share. According to a news release, all of the shares in the offering are being offered by Papa Murphy's,...

Yum! Brands issues 37-cent dividend

Yum! Brands Inc. has declared a dividend of 37 cents per share of common stock.

Pizza Inn taps former Smashburger exec as CFO

Pizza Inn Holdings announced today that it has named Timothy Mullany as chief financial officer, effective May 5. According to a news release, Mullany comes to Pizza Inn Holdings after serving as the CFO of Restaurants Unlimited Inc., a Seattle-based...

Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit schedule solidified

The fifth annual Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit, produced by GE Capital, will be held in Toronto on May 6-7. According to a news release, it will feature operators, executives, franchisees, investors, lenders and suppliers. One of the sessions features Cara's...

NRA solidifies inaugural Restaurant Finance Summit lineup

The National Restaurant Association has finalized the full line-up for its inaugural Restaurant Finance Summit, which is May 19 during the NRA Show in Chicago. According to a news release, the half-day conference will kick off with a luncheon and...

PizzaRev, Buffalo Wild Wings partnership called 'Deal of the Year'

The strategic partnership formed between PizzaRev and Buffalo Wild Wings was selected as the top investment 'Deal of the Year' by Franchise Times magazine. According to a news release, PizzaRev founders Irv Zuckerman and Rodney Eckerman received the award at...

Access to capital increases for small businesses

A new report from Pepperdine Private Capital Access Index shows that access to capital for businesses of all sizes increased in the first quarter and is at its highest since the inception of the report in Q2 2012. According to...

Yum! Brands issues quarterly dividend

Yum! Brands' board has declared a dividend of $0.37 per share of common stock. The quarterly dividend will be distributed May 2, 2014, to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 11.

Papa Murphy's applies for NASDAQ listing under 'FRSH'

Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc. today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to the proposed initial public offering of its common stock. According to a news release, the number...

Sbarro files for bankruptcy again

Sbarro has filed for bankruptcy protection again, its second such filing in three years. Rumors have been swirling about the move for a couple of weeks, and Reuters reported this morning that the Melville-N.Y.-based pizza chain, and more than 30...

Getlowfees.com launches online credit card processing marketplace for merchants

Get Low Fees LLC this week announced the launch of its new website, getlowfees.com. Intended to help business owners lower their credit card processing rates and fees, getlowfees.com delivers a bidding portal that brings together a pool of the biggest...

Papa Murphy's appoints Outback Steakhouse exec as CFO

Papa Murphy's International has named Mark Hutchens as its new chief financial officer, effective immediately. According to a news release, Hutchens brings nearly 25 years of financial leadership experience, with an extensive history in the restaurant and retail sector. Most...

Pizza Pizza adds 28 restaurants to royalty pool

Toronto-based Pizza Pizza Royalty Corp. and Pizza Pizza Limited announced that the number of restaurants on which royalties are paid to the company by the royalty pool has been adjusted to include 34 new restaurants opened in 2013; six restaurants...

Financing in place to kick off Carmela's Pizzeria franchising

Parent company Greenfield Farms Food Inc. announced that it has completed financing arrangements for the first phase of its franchising program for its Carmela's Pizzeria concept.

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