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Steak 'n Shake Clashes with Denver Franchisees over Price Control

$4 Menu from Steak 'n Shake Facebook page
photo from Steak 'n Shake Facebook page

DENVER – There is a battle erupting between Indianapolis and Denver, and it is not about the Colts and Broncos starting a new football season. The scrimmage is between Indiana-based Steak ‘n Shake and Colorado franchisee developers over who has the control to set menu pricing in their restaurants.

'Burgernomics' Explained, Well Sort of

Giants McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's are flexing their muscles in a mature market, meanwhile their workers are getting restless.

Shrinking Quiznos Seeks to Restructure Debt Again, Bankruptcy Ahead?

A shuttered Quiznos reopens under new owners
A Quiznos franchise opens under new owner. Photo/bmm 2008

NEW YORK CITY—Quiznos' former creditor now turned majority shareholder, Avenue Capital, has recruited the A-list law firm Akin Gump to pave a legal way for the imploding sandwich franchisor to unbury itself from a mountain of debt.

Starbucks CEO Says He Isn't Losing Sleep over Dunkin'

Starbucks' CEO Howard Schulz told CNBC on Friday that he isn't losing sleep from Dunkin' Brands strong earnings and its foray into selling franchise licenses in California.

Quick Service Restaurants Face Food Fight

Only Wall Street financial analysts could spin a prolonged daunting food sales market share fight as good news.

MARKETING: Popeyes Co-Branding Shrimp Success

Popeyes July LTO of Zatarain's butterfly shrimpThe art of marketing is fitting old and new products together like pieces in a puzzle.

Supersizing Better Burger Chains Today

Wimpy eyes some hamburgers, actually someone at Halloween impersonates Wimpy
A Wimpy costume at Halloween. photo by atxryan

Like J. Wellington Wimpy of Popeye fame, franchisors will gladly pay investors Tuesday for better burgers today. Private equity firms are stumbling over themselves to pour money into better burger chains.

Fatburger CEO Says Found Way around ObamaCare

West Coast-based Fatburger CEO Andy Wiederhorn, who went to prison in the mid-2000s for concealing massive loan losses and a Ponzi-like scheme with investment firm Capital Consultants, has just appeared on television's business station CNBC at 3:30 p.m. EST. Wiederhorn says his franchise owners have found a way around ObamaCare requirements.

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.