Stop Comparing Everything To Chipotle

Restaurant chains that go public almost without fail get compared to the Denver-based burrito chain Chipotle. But such comparisons are wrong, because there may not be a "next Chipotle."

Why Darden, Bob Evans Gave Away Board Seats

Both Darden and Bob Evans are using an odd strategy in their fight with activists: Giving the activists board seats outside a settlement. Yet the companies are making the move in the hopes that the chains won't win even more seats and gain control of the board.

Keurig, Tully's Coffee Shops, Resolve Dispute

Keurig Green Mountain and Global Baristas, the owner of Tully's Coffee Shops, have settled their dispute. Keurig had sued Global Baristas, and threatened to revoke its use of the Tully's name, over allegedly unpaid bills for coffee and supplies and the chain's use of an unapproved supplier.

McDonald's Ruling Complicates Franchising

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that McDonald's is a "joint employer" of workers employed by its franchisees. The decision could have far-reaching effects not just for McDonald's, but for franchising as a whole.

Family Dining Shows Surprising Strength

Don't look now, but two of the best performing restaurant chains in the public space, and certainly two of best dine-in concepts, are IHOP and Denny's. The two family dining stalwarts both reported strong second quarter sales numbers, again.


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