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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.


Are We Relevant?: Questions to Ask During a Restaurant Brand Audit

Restaurant CEOs around the world are waking up each morning to a slew of headlines impacting not just the industry, but their own companies in particular. For many, opening the paper or checking the headlines on news sites likely brings to mind a gut-wrenching thought: In the age of restaurant delivery, fast-casual concepts, food trucks and meal kits — is…read more →Read more...

Glossary of Restaurant Investment Terms

Though restaurant IPOs have remained elusive in recent years, investment into both restaurant chains and restaurant technology remains on the rise. Funding to the restaurant delivery space, for instance, reveals that there remains plenty of opportunity on the horizon. Restaurants and restaurant technology companies often turn to Private Equity and Venture Capital in their quest for expansion. The biggest restaurant…read more →Read more...

A Look at Global Restaurant Investment Banks

The food and beverage investment banking coverage group has proved attractive for investors in recent years. Changing demographics, shifting consumer habits, and household income are some of the key drivers for the food and beverage sector — and investment banks have taken note. Higher income levels and longer lifespans have lead to a greater interest in healthful and nutritious foods….read more →Read more...

Global Restaurant Commercial Lending Trends

Securing funding is a challenging pursuit for many restaurant chains, both small and large. Recently, though, we’ve seen a wave of lenders with specialized expertise in foodservice offer the ability to analyze a chain’s specific business challenges, maximizing the potential for the financing needed to grow. Business lending is slightly different throughout the globe. Oil prices are having an effect…read more →Read more...

A Roundup of US Restaurant Commercial Lenders

Considering “lack of startup and working capital” is one of the top-cited reason restaurants fail, success generally hinges on access to capital. Chain restaurant investments offer attractive opportunities to lenders (i.e., debt side) and owner/operators (i.e., equity side). Still, they aren’t without risk. That risk is part of the reason traditional commercial lending has been tight in the wake of…read more →Read more...

The Most Active Restaurant Private Equity Firms

Private Equity has found a niche in the restaurant industry, where a slew of high-profile deals have made their mark in recent years. The most active restaurant private equity firms aren’t necessarily restricted to one country, with deals increasingly cropping up in Asia, the Middle East, and South America, and chains in nearly every corner of the globe finding investment….read more →Read more...

A History of Restaurant Initial Public Offerings, 2000-2017

A slew of restaurant chains have made their initial public offerings in the past few decades. For some, the move has paid off. But for others, the future is a little more murky. Case in point: Chipotle, which received several downgrades from Wall Street analysts in July after reports of customers falling sick from eating at one of its restaurants….read more →Read more...

The Unfamiliar Face of New Competitors

The restaurant industry has been undergoing some pretty major changes lately. Restaurant delivery growth has skyrocketed in recent years. Automation is transforming the industry, one human-replacing-robot at a time, too. And the bulk of the companies paving the way for those trends are still just startups. Today, “startup” seems an almost euphemistic word for companies that are bringing in millions…read more →Read more...

What the Future Holds for Restaurant Mergers and Acquisitions

The future is never certain, but it’s safe to say that now’s a good time for restaurant mergers and acquisitions. The recent news that Restaurant Brands International (the parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons) would be paying top dollar to acquire Popeyes raised some eyebrows. The $1.8 billion transaction — worth more than six times the chicken chain’s…read more →Read more...