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Dunkin’ Same-Store Sales Cool, Baskin’s Sizzle in Q3 2014

Dunkin' Donuts

CANTON, Mass. – Growth in same-restaurant sales for Dunkin' Donuts franchise owners in the United States came in at a disappointing 2 percent in its third quarter of 2014 compared to 4 percent for the same period last year. Sister company Baskin-Robbins recorded a stellar 5.8 percent in U.S. same-store sales.

Fast Casual Is Turbocharged, but Concepts Still Fail

Panera Bread, photo by Blue MauMau

CHICAGO – Fast-casual restaurants continue to lead growth within the restaurant industry. With an 11 percent increase in 2013 sales and nearly 8 percent increase in units, fast-casual concepts include many of the fastest growing restaurant chains in Technomic's own 2014 list of top 500 restaurant chains.

Roark Capital Eats Carl’s Jr, Hardee’s

Carl's Jr sports fan advertisement
Carl's Jr commercial features sports fan eating burger (via Youtube)

CARPINTERIA, Calif.— CKE Inc., with its burger chains of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, announced today that Atlanta-based Roark Capital Group has entered into a definitive agreement to buy the franchising firm.

Limitations of EBITDA as a Meaningful Financial Metric

In the franchise finance world, the most discussed number is the EBITDA—EBBADABADOO as some call it. EBITDA is earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

Top Sandwich Chains Ranked by Shop Profits

The lit up sub sandwich store front

LEXINGTON, Ky. —This year's ranking by Blue MauMau, our first, lists average store profits of sandwich shops, showing some winners and losers in 2012. Yes, you read that right – store profits. Here are Blue MauMau's best store profit estimates, from trusted sources who know sub sandwich shops and quick service restaurants.

Neal Aronson: The Private Equity Investor

The years 2005-2008 were notable for a wave of private equity acquisitions. The 2010-2011 period will go down as the second wave.

Quiznos CEO Steps Out, MacDonald In

DENVER — Quiznos officially announced today that Rick Schaden is stepping down as CEO to pursue new entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors.