Virtual Currency: The Next Disruptor in Payments

Virtual currency, such as Bitcoin, is the next disruptor in payments. Adoption is on the rise and consumers want places to spend their bitcoin.

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Bigger isn't always better: the case for limited menus

Limited menus for QSRs and fast casual restaurants have financial and operational benefits.

State of the Union puts minimum wage, 30-hour work week, joint employer issues in the spotlight

It's been a busy week in Washington. From the State of the Union address to the Supreme Court to more on the minimum wage, here's a round-up of hot public policy topics for restaurants.

What it takes to build long-term vision

Write down where you want to be in one year, three years or five years as a way to better understand where you are headed and how you are going to get there.

New guide caters to restaurateurs, retailers looking to boost income with ATMs

'How to Profit from ATMs: A Guide for Retailers and Restaurateurs' delivers 40 pages packed with essential information about the business of owning, operating and earning revenue from ATMs.

3 tips for selling your restaurant in 2014

Having your financial documents organized and up-to-date shows potential buyers you're on top of things.

Popeyes' president: The most successful brands focus on people development

No matter how good a product tastes, if you don't have a good operations process, it's not going to work, exec says.

Cat Cora: When starting a restaurant, 'test the waters and protect your idea'

To ensure your passion won't diminish for your business, it's important to stay innovative and keep things fresh.

Captain D's capturing 'significant share' from competitors

The brand's focus in 2013 will be on marketing, new menu items, new equipment and new menu boards.

Tips on keeping food purchasing costs down

Many of the reasons restaurant costs can flair are by overlooking simple procedures and tests.

McDonald's 2013 plans include strong product pipeline

The company's strategy includes adding more 24-hour restaurants to broaden accessibility.

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China-based Country Style Cooking to release Q4, 2014 fiscal year results

Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co. Ltd, a quick service restaurant chain in China, plans to release its unaudited Q4 and fiscal year 2014 financial results on March 4, before market open.

Arby's sees 17th consecutive quarter of same-store sales growth

Arby's achieved significant system same-store sales growth of 5.7 percent in 2014, closing out 2014 with its 17th consecutive quarter of system same-store sales growth.

Restaurant Brands International releases Q4, 2014 full-year results

Restaurant Brands International Inc. reported financial results for the full year and Q4 ended Dec. 31.

Back Yard Burgers to expand in 2015

Back Yard Burgers reported the company will see new growth this year with existing franchise partners scheduled to open additional stores and deals for prospective franchise partners.

Fazoli's posts 13.6 percent same store sales increase for January

Fazoli's franchisees and company units posted a combined 13.6 percent same-store sales increase in January – more than double that of their quick-service competitors, which grew at a rate of 6.1 percent.

McDonald's global comp sales down 1% for 2014

Troubles continue for the fast food giant, with global comp sales down 1 percent for the year and falling guest traffic.

Menu launch yields 25% increase in grilled menu item sales for Captain D's

The D-Lite Meals menu, which launched at the beginning of January, features Tilapia, Wild Alaskan Salmon, Shrimp Skewers, Grilled Chicken Breast, and Surf and Turf (grilled steak tips and shrimp skewers), all served on a bed of rice with a side of broccoli and green beans.

Burger King brings back nugget deal, sparking talk of price war

Burger King’s previous chicken nugget promotion, which ran in October, helped the company post a 3.6 percent gain in same-store sales in the U.S. and Canada for the third quarter.

Popeyes preliminary FY2014 results positive

Preliminary results for Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. show the chicken brand posted same-store sales growth of 6.2 percent for the year and added 148 restaurants in 2014.

Sonic reports Q1 same-store sales increase

Sonic is projecting same-store sales in the low single digit range for the system for the rest of the year.

Top stock pics for 2015 dominated by QSR, pizza, fast casual

Quick-service, fast casual and pizza brands dominated top picks in the 2015 Best Restaurant Stock Pick Competition hosted by ICR.

McDonald's Japan posts first annual loss in 11 years amid food-safety scandal

Diners have found plastic, vinyl and a human tooth in McDonald's Japan food in recent months.

Dunkin' Donuts aims for 410-plus net new US units in 2015

Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. announced its performance expectations for 2015 for its Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands.

Researchers use text-mining software to predict success, failure of DC restaurants

The computer-assisted text analysis was more accurate at predicting restaurants' demise than ratings alone (although it is most powerful when used in combination with numerical ratings).

Good Times turns in 22-percent increase in restaurant-level operating profit

Good Times Restaurants Inc., parent company of Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard and licensee of Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, today announced its preliminary financial results for Q4 and the fiscal year. Highlights include: Same-store sales for company-owned Good Times...

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