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Recent 2017 Restaurant Investments (And What They Mean for the Industry’s Future)

The past year has seen a flurry of high-profile mergers and acquisitions in the restaurant space, and restaurant investments. We’ve already rounded up most of the 2017 restaurant investments in previous posts but here, we pick up where we left off in September 2017, rounding up the most recent restaurant M&A news and examining how 2017 restaurant investments are indicative…read more →Read more...

5 Digital Consumer Restaurant Trends To Watch for in 2018

Most of the digital consumer trends currently impacting the restaurant industry are nothing new — mobile ordering has been used for several years now, for instance, and AI has achieved great success in other industries, like medicine. But even though companies like Starbucks and Chick-fil-A have been turning to tech for some time, others are slower to catch on —…read more →Read more...

The Top 100 Independent Restaurants in the US: Who’s In, Who’s Out

An analysis of the top 100 independent restaurants in the US reveals a few trends: steakhouses, for one, are among the highest-grossing chains. American-focused concepts are tops, too, generating as much as sales as seafood, French, and Spanish independents combined. But a look at how that list has changed since it was first published by Restaurant Business back in 2014…read more →Read more...

How Food Startups Are Re-Shaping The Way We Eat

With Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, new dietary habits shaping the way we eat, and whole new dining categories cropping up, it’s clear that the restaurant industry (and food, at large) is in flux. In a November webinar, CB Insights Senior Intelligence Analyst Zoe Leavitt delved further into new investment into F&B, along with the latest trends to attract investors….read more →Read more...

Four Ways Changing Consumer Preferences Are Impacting Restaurants

Changing consumer preferences impact every facet of the economy but perhaps none quite so much as restaurants. Urbanization is seeing more consumers move to cities — as a result, restaurants are creating prototypes with smaller footprints and newer ways of dining (grocery delivery, kiosks, etc.) are stealing share from the traditional sit-down models. A move toward healthier eats has made…read more →Read more...

October 2017 US Restaurant Labor Data

October 2017 US restaurant labor data was largely a mixed bag. While job growth outperformed expectations, wage growth slowed — though it’s important to note that hourly wages in the Leisure & Hospitality sector increased faster than the average of the private sector. Below, we take a further look at where employment and wages stand as of October 2017, along…read more →Read more...

Q3 2017 Restaurant Earnings: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

This week brought a series of restaurant earnings reports that generated a slew of headlines — and had a major impact on restaurant stocks. From Chipotle’s massive drop to McDonald’s spike, here’s a breakdown of what we learned from the most recent rash of Q3 2017 restaurant earnings reports. Chipotle The news wasn’t all bad — though it would be…read more →Read more...

Pizza and Healthy Foods Dominate the Fastest Growing Fast Casual Restaurants

In September 2017, Restaurant Business released its list of the top 25 Fastest Growing Fast Casual restaurant chains. The list was full of notable names, from sweetgreen to Blaze Pizza, and unveiled plenty of trends. The fast-casual segment’s growth hasn’t been as strong as in years past (more on that below), but it is still growing, with new players cropping…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...