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.

4 things to consider when financing your restaurant

Small business financing is a relatively new industry and not everyone you speak to is reputable.

What the government shutdown means for the restaurant industry

Federal loans and food safety are two areas that will be affected.

Good news: Restaurant sales, unit growth, financing up

Total unit growth for the Top 100 restaurant chains was 1.8 percent in 2012, the highest since 2007.

Retail’s perpetual food cost advantage over QSR

Build awareness throughout the company employees (top to bottom) that food-cost control is the top priority, second only to customer satisfaction.

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

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

Few pizza concepts on list of fastest growing companies

Restaurant category dominated by concepts from fledgling fast casual segment.

Papa John's Obamacare comments create social media firestorm

During Q2 earnings call, CEO claimed Affordable Care Act would cause rise in pizza prices in order to protect shareholders.

NRA 2012: Sbarro CEO Jim Greco

Sbarro's newly elected CEO Jim Greco discusses the chain's strategy moving forward during the 2012 NRA Show in Chicago. Greco said the chain's vision is to be the pre-eminant fast casual brand worldwide.

Domino's international division surpasses domestic footprint

Company's Q1 promotional focus was on side items, driving tickets and store profits.

Report: Pizza segment positioned to double revenue in five years

Operators have successfully weathered changes in spending and eating habits.

Restaurants adapt to 'new normal' with efficiency, innovation

Mergers and acquisitions market won't be as active in 2012.

Yum! Brands to continue bullish growth after posting 30% profit

Louisville, Ky.-based Yum! Brands has found its sweet spot in China, posting 19 percent same-store sales growth in that country in 2011. The company reported results for its fourth quarter and full year 2011, ended Dec.

A broader look at pizza’s busy year

There were plenty of stories that stood out this year, and even more to look for in 2012.

Wrestling with a million dollar baby - skimming

The restaurant industry is rife with ways to lose profitability. Just when you think you have things buttoned up, a new twist comes along that can threaten your business and you may not even know about it.

Papa John's reports big Q3 profits

Boosting the quarter's performance was a heavier focus on national media, as well as the execution of a premium price point plan.

Disproving the Top 3 employee tax credit misconceptions

Technology has transformed the process of qualifying employees for tax credits and collecting Uncle Sam’s incentives. What was a manual, red tape-ridden process ripe with high potential for errors has become a streamlined digital transaction. In my last column, I...

A good business plan is good business

A robust business plan is the first major test of your commitment to your business. It is the written result of extensive data collection and market research developed to convey an objective understanding of your restaurant.

New concept matches franchisees to lenders

Boefly has attracted many big-name chains as they seek various funding options for growth.

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