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Crowdfunding, rents and bacon
Sizzler goes bankrupt. Crowdfunding gets popular, more restaurants can’t pay rent and restaurant subscription services. 
September 22, 2020
Culver’s CEO retires, San Francisco to resume indoor dining, Chick-fil-A is testing a new sandwich
Culver’s CEO retires, San Francisco is set to resume indoor dining by the end of the month and restaurant-goers are getting used to robots.
September 21, 2020
New York surcharges, Shake Shack curbside and more closure estimates.
New York independents can issue surcharges, more NLRB news, CDC report on restaurant risks and another bleak estimate of closures.
September 18, 2020
Travis Scott’s burger, Dave & Buster’s layoffs and 7 billion prize tickets
McDonald’s Travis Scott partnership is straining its supply chain, Dave & Buster’s lays off 1,300 workers and Chuck E. Cheese wants to destroy 7 billion prize tickets. In other words, just another day in the restaurant industry.
September 17, 2020
Western U.S. wildfires, Cracker Barrel rebuffs Biglari, McDonald's debuts Spicy McNuggets
Restaurants out West are now closing patios because of unsafe air from wildfires, Pennsylvania operators are getting a federal reprieve from further shutdowns, Cracker Barrel has thwarted Sardar Biglari’s board appointment and McDonald's debuts a new menu item as it ramps up its marketing efforts. 
September 16, 2020
Restaurant sales, Papa John’s and Tony Vallone dies
Restaurant sales are on track to lose $240 Billion in sales, Papa John’s is planning an aggressive expansion strategy and Tony Vallone dies.
September 15, 2020
Maison Kayser bankruptcy, Burgerim sued, CDC warns about dining
Maison Kayser has declared bankruptcy, Burgerim is the target of a lawsuit and the CDC is warning about a COVID-connection to dining out.
September 14, 2020
Restaurant bankruptcies, Commander’s Palace and the NFL.
One restaurant chain is in bankruptcy, another is out of bankruptcy, and Commander’s Palace is adjusting to the coronavirus.
September 11, 2020
NYC restaurants reopening, joint employer won’t die, and more Marriott layoffs
New York restaurants get a reopening date to resume indoor dining, joint employer rears its ugly head again, and Marriot lays off hundreds at its corporate headquarters. 
September 10, 2020
Luby liquidates, Tropical Smoothie’s sold, Popeyes gets a new leader
Luby’s liquidates, Tropical Smoothie changes hands, and Popeyes has a new chief.
September 9, 2020
More layoffs, Travis Scott and Burger King's new drive-thru
BOKA restaurant group is laying off hundreds of workers, McDonald’s inks a surprising sponsorship with Travis Scott, and Burger King unveils its new design.
September 8, 2020
Restaurants look at UV lights, Focus Brands makes leadership changes, and Shake Shack gets spicy
The coronavirus is having all kinds of impacts on the restaurant industry. Some restaurants are adding UV lights to boost safety, while others are trying new ways to improve staff retention. Meanwhile, the pandemic might be causing more people to move out of cities, which is also affecting restaurants.
September 3, 2020
McDonald’s discrimination lawsuits, another delivery survey and new menu items
McDonald’s is facing another racial discrimination lawsuit, customers have a variety of delivery problems, and chains are pushing new menu items.
September 2, 2020
Red Lobster is acquired, McDonald's ongoing lawsuit, Blue Star files for bankruptcy
Red Lobster is acquired by Asian investors, McDonald's continues it's legal battle against Steve Easterbrook and cult-favorite Blue Star Donuts files for bankruptcy. 
September 1, 2020
Booming franchises, delivery fees and ice cream sales
The franchise business is booming, delivery fee caps are staying, Chipotle's stock is headed for the moon and people are eating a lot of Bruster’s ice cream.
August 31, 2020
New COVID rules, delivery opportunities and returning workers
States are devising new COVID rules, consumers have a delivery preference, and Cheesecake Factory is bringing back workers.
August 28, 2020
More McDonald’s allegations, plant milk flows freely, and restaurants’ K-shaped recovery
More allegations against McDonald's former CEO Steve Easterbrook, plant milk is flowing into menus, and why restaurants’ recovery is shaped like a K.
August 27, 2020
Papa John’s soars, new products proliferate, tempers need calming
Papa John’s continues to soar, new products pour out of test kitchens, and a pop quiz on handling guests who refuse to wear masks.
August 26, 2020
Taco Bell’s drive-thru, new concepts and free burritos
Taco Bell has a lot more drive-thru demand, restaurant chains are developing new concepts and Chipotle is giving away burritos again.
August 25, 2020
Biglari’s Cracker Barrel push, James Beard Award reaction, Fast Acquisition Corp.
Sardar Biglari keeps trying to up his involvement with Cracker Barrel, independent restaurants support the James Beard Awards cancellation and Ruby Tuesday’s founder launches an acquisition company.
August 24, 2020
No beard, no outdoor dining and another SPAC
A James Beard award hiatus, another potential outdoor dining ban in New York, and another SPAC targets restaurants.
August 21, 2020
Wingstop is capitalizing on the pandemic, a tweet that changed the industry, NYC's dine-in reopening plan
Wingstop is capitalizing on the chicken wings boom, a Popeyes tweet that changed the industry, NYC operators demand a dine-in reopening plan and federal help in developing managers. 
August 20, 2020
Hotels & Airport restaurants are in serious trouble
HMS Host lays off thousands, Waitr is thinking consolidation, and breakfast continues to boom for First Watch.
August 19, 2020
Domino's wing makeover, a CEO dispute and an about-face
A chicken wing gets a makeover, McDonald’s continues its ongoing legal battle with its former CEO, and Potbelly does an about-face on PPP.
August 18, 2020
Ghost Kitchens, shrinking menus and shrinking restaurants
Ghost kitchens are becoming increasingly popular, Restaurant menus and the industry itself is shrinking, and virtual concepts are growing.
August 17, 2020
Fat Brands acquisition, virtual concepts are on the rise, esports become restaurant's entertainment
Another legacy chain is acquired, a  virtual concepts approach the 100,000 mark, and esports fill the void left for restaurants by limited pro-sports broadcasts.
August 14, 2020
Brinker’s virtual concepts, Red Robin, Ark Restaurants struggles
Brinker International is heavily investing in virtual restaurant concepts, Red Robin is speeding up its turnaround initiatives and Ark Restaurants is facing mounting uncertainty.
August 13, 2020
Assessing the delivery boom, new capacity caps and Steak ‘N Shake closes more restaurants
Delivery app companies settle in, restaurant capacity limits tighten, and Steak ‘N Shake cuts losses, but closes more restaurants.
August 12, 2020
McDonald's scandal, Chicago restaurants suffer more misfortune
X-rated evidence on McDonald’s prior CEO, Checkers finds a tailwind in consumers’ reluctance to dine out, and a Chicago landmark suffers more misfortune in its home city of 79 years.
August 11, 2020
Restaurants and bars are hiring again, dining out becomes political
Restaurants and bars are hiring back workers more than any other industry. Democrats and Republicans are divided on dining out and the coronavirus pushes Uber to pivot.  
August 10, 2020
More fast-food chains close, Independents struggle, Potbelly is back from the brink
Another fast-food chain is closing restaurants, independent restaurants continue to struggle and Potbelly is back from the brink. 
August 7, 2020
Wendy’s breakfast, Il Mulino bankruptcy, Starbucks strategy
Wendy’s is thankful for breakfast, Il Mulino is filing for bankruptcy protection and Starbucks is shaking up its loyalty program.
August 6, 2020
Independent restaurant closures, more chain bankruptcies, NYC rent dilemma
More independents close, another chain goes bankrupt, and New York City restaurants can’t pay their rents.
August 5, 2020
Whatburger CEO, capping delivery commissions, Starbucks commuters
Whataburger has a new CEO, more cities are capping third-party delivery commissions, and Starbucks has a commuter problem.
August 4, 2020
Shake Shack real estate, restaurant closures and executive changes
Shake Shack has a real estate problem, Jack in the Box needs a new CFO, and restaurants are closing locations.
August 3, 2020
Herman Cain, California Pizza Kitchen and Dunkin’
Herman Can dies, California Pizza Kitchen files for bankruptcy and Dunkin’ announced its closing hundreds of locations.
July 31, 2020
RB Daily: Second round of PPP, Wingstop's winning streak, Denny's hiring issues
Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze and Editor at Large Peter Romeo discuss PPP borrowers potentially getting a shot at a second loan, Wingstop's second quarter growth, hiring issues stymying Denny's operating hours and more. 
July 30, 2020
RB Daily: New podcast, McDonald's closures, Chipotle masks
"RB Daily" is a new daily podcast delivering the latest restaurant industry news and insights hosted by the editors of Restaurant Business Magazine.   In the inaugural episode, Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze and Editor at Large Peter Romeo discuss McDonald's latest store closures, Chipotle's mask mandate and more. 
July 28, 2020