Burger King Franchisee Carrolls Posts $11.5 Million Net Loss

The largest Burger King franchisee in the U.S., Carrolls Restaurant Group Inc., announced a net loss of $11.5 million in the quarter that ended on March 31. The franchisee owns 1,010 Burger King and 55 Popeyes restaurants.

That’s compared to a loss $3.1 million, or 9 cents a share, in the year-earlier period, Carrols said in its earnings report issued Wednesday.

Canadians Choose Restaurants Based on Best Online Reviews

The biggest factor when Canadians choose a restaurant to patronize is its online reviews, a new survey reveals. Coming in second is the one that's closest.

When given the choice between 10 different restaurants near them, an astounding 39.2% of respondents indicated that they would choose based upon “the one with the best online reviews”. This is compelling, given that the second most popular response was “the one closest to me” at 21.9%.

McDonald's Franchisees Concerned about Delivery Fees

McDonald's National Owners Association (NOA), the newly formed franchise owners group, is grousing that Uber's delivery fees, compounded by corporate's rent and service fees, are not sustainable for owners with the resulting margins they are currently experiencing. The organization's third meeting is coming up on April 1 in Washington, DC. —Brigid Sweeney, AdAge


Handwritten Menu Boards Can Persuade Consumers a Restaurant's Food is Healthier

A new study from Ohio State University recommends that health-focused restaurants use menu boards that look handwritten. The look can subtly sway consumers that the food at that restaurant is healthier. Think TLC.

Jeanette Settembre reports on Marketwatch: