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Franchise Restaurant CEOs Predict Industry Changes, Trends

Five CEOs of restaurant franchisors gathered together as a panel this past Tuesday evening at the Fast Casual Executive Summit in Nashville to offer what they see coming around the bend. They were Captain D's Phil Greifeld, Wing Zone's Matt Friedman, Back Yard Burgers' David McDougall, Focus Brands' Steve DeSutter and Koti Pizza Group's Tommi Tervanen.

Subway CEO Suzanne Greco Interview

Subway shopSuzanne Greco, Subway's president and CEO, runs the world's largest restaurant company, but it is in serious trouble, with widespread dissatisfaction among franchisees. Greco is the sister of Fred DeLuca, who passed away in 2015 from leukemia after naming her as his successor. In this interview she talks about her plans to turn the company around.

The Decade-Long Slide of Macaroni Grill

Macaroni Grill front entrance
Macaroni Grill / Wikipedia Commons photo

Romano's Macaroni Grill has struggled and fought a losing battle for a decade. The franchisor's woes are emblematic of the 2008 economic collapse and the casual dining sector problems. This week it filed for bankruptcy.

Chain Coffee Shops Increase While Independents Close

Cup of Joe
photo by Thomas Hawk

Java, cuppa Joe, go juice, hojo, or whatever one wants to call coffee, a ready-made cup of it is not far from reach for the majority of U.S. consumers. 

Roark Capital Buys Minority Stake in Culver’s

Culver's better burgers and frozen custardCulver Franchising System Inc. has sold a minority stake to Georgia-based private equity firm Roark Capital Group.

Restaurants Numbers Bad, but They Were Skewed by Hurricanes

The restaurant figures reported for the third quarter of 2017 are the second worst in over five years, but things are not as bad as they seem, contends TDn2K (Transforming Data Into Knowledge): Hurricanes Harvey and Irma skewed business in two of this country’s biggest economies in the wrong direction.

Arby's Venison Sandwiches May Sell Out within Minutes

Arby's venison Oct 21 There are hints that the eagerly anticipated venison steak sandwiches that Arby's will offer on Saturday, October 21, will sell out within minutes. According to Tulsa World, some of the city's Arby's will have 50 sandwiches, others will have 100.

Panera CEO Hasn't Heard from 3 Burger CEOs on Kids Menu Challenge

Panera Bread sunset

Back on September 20, Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich issued a public challenge to the CEOs of Wendy's, McDonald's and Burger King to eat exclusively from their children's menus for a week or rethink what they're serving children. While McDonald's the company responded that they were proud of their food, none of the CEOs themselves replied or took up the challenge, Shaich said a week later. A quick check just now shows no public reaction from the Big 3 CEOs.

Arby's to Serve Venison and Elk Sandwiches on October 21

Arby's venison sandwich
Arby's venison sandwich / Arby's photo

​Arby’s will be offering venison sandwiches nationwide on Saturday, October 21. The Atlanta, Georgia-based chain served limited edition venison sandwiches in five states last year, which were snapped up by an enthusiastic public within hours at participating restaurants, the company states.

What You Can Learn from Your Restaurant's Dumpster

Knowing what goes into your restaurant's dumpster can not only be enlightening, but can save you wasted money. But few owners and their staffs have the time or inclination for dumpster diving. A writer from the waste industry says here that waste analytics services is the solution.