Fast Casual publishes comprehensive state-of-the-industry report

Fast Casual (www.FastCasual.com), the leading online news and information source for the burgeoning fast casual dining segment, has published the fourth edition of its benchmark research report, "Fast Casual State of the Industry Report, Fourth Edition." The 91-page report contains...

Restaurant conference to address 'thawing' credit freeze

More than 1,500 restaurant owners, operators and financial service executives are expected to attend an upcoming event that seeks to unearth capital for restaurant owners and operators. The Restaurant Finance Monitor will provide a forum for owners and operators of...

Papa John's enters new $175 million credit facility

Papa John's has entered into a more flexible five-year revolving credit facility, according to Reuters. The credit line is for $175 million, and replaces one of the same amount. From the story: In a filing with the U.S.

A good time for breakfast pizza

New York's Pulino's has been making news ever since they started offering imaginative pizzas for breakfast last fall, from savory egg-topped concoctions to fruity, fluffy interpretations. It seems only a matter of time before the rest of the industry follows...

NRA industry outlook softened in June

As a result of a dampened outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) declined for the third consecutive month in June. The RPI, a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S.

Uno Chicago Grill out of bankruptcy

Uno Chicago Grill has emerged from bankruptcy, according to the Boston Herald, which also reported the deep dish chain will expand its fast casual concept, Uno Due Go, and its QSR arm, Uno Express. It also has two new retail products, including frozen entrees. From the story: Boston-based Uno Restaurant Holdings Corp.

Restaurant industry outlook softened in May

The outlook for the restaurant industry softened in May, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity fell below 100 for the first time in three months. The association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S.

Corporate finance guru reveals the restaurant path out of recession

Consumers in search of value and quality are driving a comeback in sales in the restaurant sector, according to Bob Bielinski, managing director, corporate finance – Restaurant Industry Practice for CIT Group Inc., a provider of financing to small businesses...

Corporate finance guru reveals the restaurant path out of recession

Consumers in search of value and quality are driving a comeback in sales in the restaurant sector, according to Bob Bielinski, managing director, corporate finance – Restaurant Industry Practice for CIT Group Inc., a provider of financing to small businesses...

Lee Equity Partners secures $23.5M for Papa Murphy's

Ares Capital has announced it's providing debt financing to support the acquisition by financial sponsor Lee Equity Partners of Papa Murphy's. Ares Capital invested approximately $23.5 million in the senior secured credit facility, according to a company statement.

Lee Equity Partners secures $23.5M for Papa Murphy's

Ares Capital has announced it's providing debt financing to support the acquisition by financial sponsor Lee Equity Partners of Papa Murphy's. Ares Capital invested approximately $23.5 million in the senior secured credit facility, according to a company statement.

Stevi B's reduces franchise royalty fees

For all new Stevi B's franchisees that sign a franchise agreement in June, the company has announced it will cut royalty fees in half for the first 12 months of their restaurant's operation. The fee will be reduced to 2.5...

Stevi B's reduces franchise royalty fees

For all new Stevi B's franchisees that sign a franchise agreement in June, the company has announced it will cut royalty fees in half for the first 12 months of their restaurant's operation. The fee will be reduced to 2.5...

NRA reports industry outlook still positive for April

The outlook for the restaurant industry remained positive in April, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity stood above 100 for the second consecutive month. The association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S.

NRA reports industry outlook still positive for April

The outlook for the restaurant industry remained positive in April, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity stood above 100 for the second consecutive month. The association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S.

First Franchise Capital to finance new Papa John's restaurants

First Franchise Capital will be financing new restaurant development in the Papa John's franchise system under a new program announced today.   "Papa John's is an outstanding brand with a long track record of successful franchisees," said John Rinaldi, First Franchise Capital president in a news release.

First Franchise Capital to finance new Papa John's restaurants

First Franchise Capital will be financing new restaurant development in the Papa John's franchise system under a new program announced today.   "Papa John's is an outstanding brand with a long track record of successful franchisees," said John Rinaldi, First Franchise Capital president in a news release.

CPK on the selling block?

California Pizza Kitchen has announced that its board of directors has authorized management to consider a wide range of financial and strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value. The company has engaged Moelis & Co., a global investment bank, to be its exclusive financial advisor in this review.

CPK on the selling block?

California Pizza Kitchen has announced that its board of directors has authorized management to consider a wide range of financial and strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value. The company has engaged Moelis & Co., a global investment bank, to be its exclusive financial advisor in this review.

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