Negotiating for leasehold improvements on your commercial lease or renewal


Commercial tenants may build out or renovate the property in whatever manner they wish, with the landlord’s permission. It is the allowance which is negotiable.


4 for 15: 4 speakers, 15 minutes each, limitless knowledge

Three fast casual restaurant operators and other experts share their insights about the industry and how they've found success and value in it.

The perfect pitch: 3 restaurant concepts

Entrepreneurs from Burgers n’ Fries Forever, Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez and Pincho Factory pitched concepts to a panel of distinguished investors and consultants who provided professional advice.

FCES15: Real estate decision requires lots of homework, data insight

As any business owner knows the location decision can sink the business or be the foundation of initial success and growth. But it involves much more than negotiating a lease or property purchase.

FCES15: Tips on building a foundation for profitable growth

Strategic and profitable growth for today's restaurants, quick service eateries and retailers is a comprehensive endeavor. But it's doable and the number one tip to getting a foundation built is to jump in and start making it happen.

Are you following the 12 dos and don'ts of restaurant financing?

Although there is no secret recipe for raising funds to open a business, there are some practices that should always be followed and even more to avoid.

Are you following the 12 dos and don'ts of restaurant financing?

Although there is no secret recipe for raising funds to open a business, there are some practices that should always be followed and even more to avoid.

10 questions to ask before leasing commercial space

Are you planning to lease commercial space? Here are 10 questions you need to ask about the landlord and building.

Pizza Inn Holdings Inc. hopes investors will RAVE about new name

Pizza Inn Holdings Inc., the parent company of Pie Five Pizza Co. and Pizza Inn, has announced that it is changing its name to RAVE Restaurant Group Inc., reflecting the company's transition to a multi-brand group.

Rethinking an IPO in a seller’s market

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

Why now is the right time to sell your restaurant

Restaurant transactions increased last year because of an uptick in the economic recovery and improved lending options.

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Boston Pizza to release Q4, 2014 results

Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund and Boston Pizza International Inc. has announced Q4 and FY 2014 results will be available February 6.

NTN Buzztime names new chief financial officer

Allen Wolff, among other responsibilities, will assume the principal accounting duties and report directly to CEO Ram Krishnan.

IPO, private equity activity were hot for restaurants in 2014

With 288 deals and $95.2 billion raised, 2014 will end with record activity in the US IPO markets, according to the EY Global IPO Trends: 2014 Q4 report released this week. EY Global said 2013 revived the IPO market in...

Lower gas prices yield higher restaurant traffic, sales in October

The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index posted solid gains in October, driven in large part to falling gas prices. According to a news release, the RPI was 102.8 in October, up 1.8 percent from September. “The positive same-store sales...

CIT: Fast casual has changed landscape through customization and quality

The fast casual segment continues to outpace the rest of the restaurant industry and will continue to do so, despite having higher price points than its QSR competitors, according to Bob Bielinski, managing director of CIT Corporate Financie. "Fast casual...

NRA: Restaurant Performance Index showed moderate decline in September

Restaurant operators are unimpressed about the direction of the economy.

Brix Holdings launches franchisee incentive program

Three of Brix Holdings' franchise brands today announced limited-time offers providing financial incentives for new franchisees. The new programs will ensure real estate selection opportunities and charge zero percent royalties for the first six months after opening a Red Mango,...

Majority of middle market execs have positive business outlook

According to CIT Group’s newly-released and third annual Voice of the Middle Market study, a majority of middle market execs have a positive outlook for their businesses, with 63 percent indicating that their companies are better off today than last...

GE Capital extends restaurant financing opportunities

GE Capital, Franchise Finance announced today that it has expanded its team of account executives to focus on the restaurant industry. Leading the initiative is Allen Johnson, who has been promoted to managing director of new relationship development in the...

Restaurant Finance Monitor’s finance and development conference headed to Vegas

The Restaurant Finance Monitor's annual Restaurant Finance & Development Conference will be held Nov.

Boston catering concierge secures $300K VC Investment

The funding will help Phoodeez, a corporate catering concierge that works with more than 40 local restaurants and food trucks, reach more customers.

Fund established to encourage pro athletes into franchising

The Playbook Solutions Group Franchise Income Fund has been formed to help professional athletes get into franchising. The fund was founded by Steve Levenson and NFL veteran Leonard Marshall is a partner. "The franchise industry is continuing to flourish and...

Quiznos, CiCi's, Cold Stone among franchise businesses with high default rates

The Wall Street Journal this week examined the 10 "worst franchise brands," based on SBA loan defaults. The list included three restaurant brands – Cold Stone Creamery, Quiznos and CiCi's Pizza. Topping the list was Planet Beach, with a 41.1 percent default rate.

Yum! Brands increases quarterly dividend by 11%

Yum! Brands Inc.'s board of directors has approved an 11 percent increase in the company's quarterly dividend. The quarterly cash dividend will increase from $0.37 to $0.41 per share and will be effective with the dividend payment to be distributed on Nov.

Cardiff finalizes acquisition of Romeo’s NY Pizza

Florida-based Cardiff International Inc. announced last week the finalization of its acquisition of Romeo’s NY Pizza. "We are pleased to add them to our growing portfolio. We're excited to have acquired Romeo's NY Pizza, a family owned business, with great...

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