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We’ve put together a collection of our best resources to help you grow and market your restaurant.


How Restaurants Have Confronted Tough Economic Periods

In times of crisis (whether brought on my natural disasters or economic uncertainty), restaurant survival is difficult enough. But thriving — as a handful of chains have — is even more remarkable. Recent history has revealed restaurant companies who have been able to do just that: improve sales and traffic while others in the industry suffer. Here, we highlight restaurant…read more →Read more...

The Factors Affecting the UAE Restaurant Industry

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), a federation of seven states, combines a rich history with thriving metropolitan areas — making it one of the Middle East’s most important economic centers. The owners, operators, and investors in UAE restaurant chains have reaped the rewards of its shifting demographics and its thriving economy has historically been linked to oil production and high…read more →Read more...

Restaurant EBITDA

The restaurant industry can be mighty unforgiving, thanks to thin margins and high operating expenses. EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) plays a crucial role, as it is designed to help owners and operators place a firm value on their restaurant company’s earning power by focusing on cash flow. Below, we examine how restaurant EBITDA differs from operating…read more →Read more...

Restaurant Debt Ratios

The restaurant industry is a diverse one — and with so many different types of companies (large, small, franchised, company-owned, etc.), the indebtedness of chains varies widely. Investors often monitor this indebtedness to navigate the risks (and, in many cases, rewards) associated with the chains themselves. Recent bankruptcies further highlight the risks faced by equity holders when it comes to…read more →Read more...

2017 Restaurant Mergers and Acquisitions: An Update

Recent data suggests that restaurant mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are set to continue growing, both in number and in value. In fact, the number of restaurant M&A deals in the US increased by 86% between 2004 and 2016. Recently, we’re seeing specific pockets of the industry benefit from restaurant mergers and acquisitions. Premium coffee has been given a boost with…read more →Read more...

A Roundup of Restaurant Inventory Management Software

Consumers are evolving faster than the supply chain, with inventory management becoming increasingly problematic for restaurant operators and those who invest in chains. And the more money a chain has tied up in inventory, the harder it is to get a handle on lowering food costs. Lately, though, a slew of restaurant inventory management software companies are trying to help,…read more →Read more...

The Chains Investing Millions Into Restaurant Mobile Ordering

A slew of chains have committed millions to restaurant mobile ordering technology. By and large, those investments have paid off. Still, technology is only beginning to shift the way restaurants do business. While e-commerce has made its mark on the retail industry, restaurants have been more reluctant to turn to tech. Well, some have. Others, like those below, have reaped…read more →Read more...