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.


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.

How one QSR brand is taking advantage of the c-store resurgence

Blimpie has revamped its business model to fit larger, more foodservice-focused convenience stores.

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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...

McDonald's sales woes deepen in November

While some analysts claimed McDonald's sales showed some improvement in October, the same cannot be said of the company's November performance. The Golden Arches today announced that its global comp sales fell 2.2 percent in November, including 4.6 percent in...

Tim Hortons, Burger King deal takes another step forward

Next step: approval from shareholders at a special meeting on Dec. 9.

Consumer confidence grows, but costs pressure profits

Despite increased consumer confidence, increased costs -- beef is up 39 percent -- are making it tough for restaurants to earn a profit.

Fiesta Restaurant Group reports increases for Q3

Fiesta Restaurant Group, parent company of the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana, reported comp growth for both brands in Q3 2014.

NRA: Restaurant Performance Index showed moderate decline in September

Restaurant operators are unimpressed about the direction of the economy.

Captain D's opens company store featuring coastal redesign

Captain D's is stepping up its company-owned store game with the opening of its new restaurant in the Five Points area of Birmingham on Oct. 20.

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