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Restaurant Growth Kit

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


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...

August 2017 US Restaurant Labor Data

August 2017 US restaurant labor data reveals that not much has changed much in the US, employment-wise, since July — which, by and large, is positive for operators. The news isn’t all good, however. Fewer jobs originated in restaurants and bars in August, for instance. Still, restaurant jobs continue to grow faster than the overall economy, and have every single…read more →Read more...

U.S. Steakhouse Restaurant Sales: A Bright Spot In the Industry

Despite the recent struggles of some pockets of the restaurant industry, steakhouses have provided a bright spot in even the most dismal dining segments. While many Casual-Dining chains struggled, casual steakhouses came out on top. Fine-Dining chains (many of which are steakhouses) saw an uptick in sales, too. Steakhouses and high-end restaurants tend to be less volatile to swings in…read more →Read more...

How Much Americans Spent at Restaurants So Far in 2017

How much Americans spend at restaurants has fluctuated over the years, but lately, the numbers have been increasingly positive. Historically, grocery stores have taken the largest share of this pie. But in May 2015, restaurant spend had surpassed grocery spend for the first time in recorded history. Those who had been tracking the evolution in consumer spend likely saw this…read more →Read more...

Watch CEO Patrick Doyle Talk Domino’s Automated Delivery

Domino’s has been betting on technology for quite some time now, with CEO Patrick Doyle famously saying it’s “as much a tech company” as it is a pizza company. The chain continues to pioneer the use of technology throughout the industry, with Domino’s automated delivery now being tested in some markets. In a September 8 interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box,…read more →Read more...