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CEO of Stellar Denny's Says, "Franchisees Are Our Customers"

Blue MauMau has observed and argued for years how franchisors that put franchisees as the key driver of their businesses reach spectacular heights. When CEO John Miller came on board Denny's, Blue MauMau highlighted this franchisee-driven system, which is built differently than its peers.

Golden Corral Names Lance Trenary CEO

New CEO Lance Trenary

RALEIGH, N.C. – Golden Corral appointed Lance Trenary as its president and chief executive officer effective January 1. Trenary replaced CEO Ted Fowler, who retired at the end of 2014 and had held the top position with the company since 1989.

Restaurant Opportunity: Catch More Families with Kids

CHICAGO – Still struggling to recapture dwindled visits since the recession, the American restaurant industry may want to focus on wooing families with kids.

Families with Kids Continue to Cut Down on Restaurant Visits

CHICAGO — Restaurant visits from families with children under age 13 have been declining since 2008.

IHOP Sizzles While Applebee’s Burns

IHOP door sign
Photo by BMM

GLENDALE, Calif.—Last week Thursday DineEquity Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP restaurants, announced financial results for the first quarter of 2014. Same-restaurant sales in the United States grew 3.9 percent over 1Q 2013 at IHOP while dropping 0.5% at Applebee's.

Denny’s Sales Continue to Climb in First Quarter

Denny's sign, photo taken by Don Sniegowski
A Denny's sign in Kentucky. Photo by D Sniegowski

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Denny's Corporation (Nasdaq:DENN) reported on April 28 that same restaurant sales in the United States increased 1.8 percent in its first quarter ending March 26, 2014. Denny's company-owned restaurants increased in same restaurant sales by a grand 3.2 percent compared to a quite respectable 1.5 percent increase in domestic franchised restaurants.

Midscale, QSR, Shrink while Fast Casual Booms

Traffic growth in 3 major segments of the restaurant industry
Chart: Blue MauMau; Data: NPD Group

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The average restaurant saw zero increase in traffic in 2013 and almost zero in the last five years. Restaurants have learned to squeeze a little more out of what they have.

Giant IHOP Leads Family Dining in 2013

IHOP mug
An IHOP mug. Photo by Thomas Hawk

GLENDALE, Calif. – The parent company of IHOP, DineEquity Inc. (NYSE:DIN), announced last Wednesday that IHOP same-restaurant sales growth for 2013 increased by 2.4 percent over 2012.

Denny’s Ekes Out Gain in 2013 Same-Restaurant Sales

photo by blue maumau
Photo by Blue MauMau

SPARTANBURG, S.C., -- Denny's Corporation (NASDAQ:DENN), franchisor and operator of 1,700 family dining restaurants, last week reported results for its fourth quarter as well as 2013.

Shrinking Huddle House Sold to Private Equity Firm

An empty Huddle House
This Huddle House in a small town has been shuttered for 3 years

ATLANTA — Southern restaurant chain Huddle House has been sold this week to private equity firm Sentinel Capital Partners by Ares Capital Corporation, according to Huddle's investment advisor Harris Williams & Company.