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Jonathan Maze

Editor-in-Chief

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Restaurant Business Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze is a longtime industry journalist who writes about restaurant finance, mergers and acquisitions and the economy, with a particular focus on quick-service restaurants. He writes daily about the factors influencing the operating environment, including labor and food costs and various industry trends such as technology and delivery.

Jonathan has been widely quoted in media publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post and has appeared on CNBC, Yahoo Finance and NPR. He writes a weekly finance-focused newsletter for Restaurant Business, The Bottom Line, and is the host of the weekly podcast “A Deeper Dive.”

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Financing

Former Burgerim operators show the limits of franchising

The franchisees who’ve started their own locations have made changes to help them make money, which they couldn’t do as part of a franchise, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

The restaurant recovery is top-heavy

The very largest chains performed best in the pandemic-hurt year of 2020. And they’re coming out of it better, too, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The chain is introducing a line of Stuffed Quesadilla Tacos with either chicken or steak along with a line of caramel beverages.

The company is also coming out with a new Big Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger as it continues to upgrade its premium menu.

Many develop independent concepts, while others go with franchises. Some continue to deal with challenges associated with the chain’s collapse.

The former Kimberly-Clark executive will take over as head of the pizza delivery chain next month.

The chain is enlisting two college debate teams to discuss whether it is a “sandwich” or a “taco.”

The chain’s 700-unit deal with Reef Kitchens signals that delivery-only locations could be the next big battleground for big concepts, said RB’s The Bottom Line.

The burger chain will be giving away enough points to new and existing loyalty members this weekend as it pushes for more digital sales.

Technomic’s David Henkes and Kevin Schimpf join this week’s episode of the RB podcast “A Deeper Dive” to take a deep look at industry sales and the forecast going forward.

The doughnut chain said it would give vaccinated customers two free doughnuts any time next week.

The information firm also notes that other factors could be at play as sales have slowed so far in August.

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