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Going Behind the Scenes on Ghost Kitchen Economics

On the third day of the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference in Las Vegas, execs from Kitchen United, Sweetberry Bowls and Dog Haus went behind the scenes on the economics and other details for restaurants now operating within delivery- and takeout-only kitchens.
November 13, 2019, 2:28 pm

Chicken Guy! Building Management Coop

Guy Fieri's new Chicken Guy concept is clucking right along with a growing management team and development pipeline.
November 13, 2019, 1:57 pm

Convenience, Experience Are Must-Haves, Restaurant Investors Say

Convenience, quality and experience. These are the three key drivers impacting not only how restaurants are evolving and investing in themselves but also “how the investor community is viewing where they want to place capital,” said Anish Gandhi, managing director at investment banking firm Brookwood Associates, who spoke on a panel today at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference.
November 12, 2019, 7:31 pm

ShopoGraphics as the Holy Grail of Real Estate

Presented in a quick 7 minutes during the Around the Industry segment on day two of the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference, Paul Sill, founder of Forum Analytics, dove into the concept of what his firm calls ShopoGraphics. It's a deeper way of looking at the pros, cons, opportunities and challenges of retail sites.
November 12, 2019, 6:20 pm

8 Attributes in the Value Equation

Value is a tricky thing to measure because it’s changing for everyone.
November 12, 2019, 4:09 pm

‘Never a Dull Day’ for Dunkin’ CFO Plus Others on Panel

Today started with a bang for Kate Jaspon, the CFO of Dunkin’ Brands, as Dean Foods filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Dean Foods supplies ice cream to Baskin Robbins (8,000 stores under the Dunkin’ umbrella) and dairy products to Dunkin’ (13,000 stores formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts.)
November 12, 2019, 3:55 pm

Little Caesars Targets International Markets in Next Growth Phase

As it actively pursues growth abroad, Mike Therrian, director of international development, said Little Caesars is looking to partner with operators of existing QSR or retail concepts, and views itself as a complementary brand and one with a sustainable business model.
November 12, 2019, 10:17 am

Robots, Ants and Biometrics are the Future of Dining, Says RFDC Speaker

The future of fine dining is here and it features—wait for it—bugs, worms and ants, according to Daniel Del Olmo, founding partner of The Passionality Group, speaking at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference today.
November 12, 2019, 8:46 am

A Kiss, Toilet Paper and Other Signs of Recession

Brian Belski, chief investment banking strategist at BMO Capital Markets, strode onto stage and planted a large smooch on his fellow panelist’s cheek, David Rosenberg, chief economist at Gluskin Sheff. From there, the two economists with contrasting points of view were off on a lively discussion on opening day of the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference.
November 11, 2019, 9:11 pm

MOD Pizza’s Founders Talk Purpose, Profits at RFDC

MOD Pizza’s founders are doubling down on their efforts to employ the underemployed at their 470-store pizza chain, most recently focusing on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, said Ally and Scott Svenson on opening day of the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference.
November 11, 2019, 5:13 pm

After Xponential Buy, a Year of Change at Pure Barre

Sarah Luna became president of Pure Barre in November 2018 after it was acquired by Xponential Fitness. She's put franchisee support at the center of her growth plans with a goal of bringing stability to the brand.
November 8, 2019, 12:24 pm

In Test, Workout Anytime Reaches Billboard CPMs in Digital

Workout Anytime found some major efficiencies with a new digital ad program that slashed CPMs, or cost per mille, a measure of ROI in digital advertising.
November 7, 2019, 1:02 pm
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