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Sonic Launches Small Town Prototype

The prototype of a new smaller Sonic drive-thru in Jamestown, TN
The small Sonic prototype in Jamestown, Tenn. photo/bmm

JAMESTOWN, Tenn.—Sonic (NASDAQ:SONC) has rolled out a prototype of a smaller version of its standard drive-in restaurant in an Appalachian hollow in Tennessee.

Former McDonald's CEO on Edward Snowden

Former McDonald's USA CEO Edward Rensi speaks with Fox Business Network's Neil Cavuto on the potential risks to private information that big business and the government collects.

Primo Hoagies Franchisor Goes to Prison

Primo Hoagies owner goes to jail

from Primo Hoagies web page

Nicholas Papanier, owner of the Primo Hoagies franchising firm, has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman to four months in prison for federal tax evasion.

Smashburger Closes on $35M Financing Deal; IPO on Hold


In an interview last week, Smashburger CEO Dave Prokupek said “an initial public offering may still be possible on the horizon,” though the burger chain just closed a $35 million financing deal to fund ongoing growth.

McDonalds Worker Paid with High-Fee Payroll Card Sues Franchisee

McDonald's is hiring

An employee at a local McDonald’s restaurant in Pennsylvania quit her job and got an attorney after receiving a payroll card in lieu of a paper paycheck from the franchisee owner. Her beef?

Science Fiction? Yum Says Taco Bell Will Double Sales by 2021

Demolition Man scene, all restaurants converted to Taco Bell

Faced with tough news from its other brands, Yum Brands tried to dazzle analysts last month, saying that Taco Bell will double domestic sales to $14 billion by 2021 and open 2,000 new locations. But why be so shortsighted?

Chinese Like Chinese Food, Surprise!

Americans are so, ‘How do you say?’ “American.”

We can’t imagine that any one from any other country wouldn’t skip and whistle their way to adopting all the great things about American society and almost certainly convenient modern things like US fast food.

2013 Restaurant Brand Standouts

A rising tide lifts all ships: Consumer discretionary stocks are doing well, leading the pack with the highest forward PEs in May, as FactSet reported last week. But for franchisees, the stock price is not the same as free cash flow in the pocket.

YUM Brands: A Picture Says a Thousand Words

YUM Brands presented at the Goldman Sachs Lodging, Gaming, Restaurant and Leisure Conference this week. Most of the news was on China.

Tick Tock Tick Tock

You have to love the blog ecosystem.  Writers, myself included, desperate for something to write about are constantly trolling the environment for some topic to address.