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Roger Lipton: 'Admirable' MOD Poised to Stay Strong

A strong bench, deep pockets and a strong culture have 302-unit MOD ready to keep growing.

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Glen Kunofsky: Blazing a Trail for Sale-Leasebacks

Glen Kunofsky is a veteran of the sale-leaseback industry and one of the pioneers who helped establish a bigger buyer pool for net-leased restaurant properties among private investors nearly two decades ago.

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Quick Hits From The Food On Demand Conference

The inaugural Food On Demand Conference just wrapped up in Dallas, take a look at some of the key points coming out of the food-delivery industry.

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Meet Restaurant Real Estate Expert Gary Chou

To his credit, Gary Chou has earned an impressive list of academic and professional achievements. But the path he followed to become a top commercial real estate broker is far from typical.

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Butterfly Buys a Brand Ahead of Its Time

The fast-casual segment appears to be evolving, causing private equity investors to pursue brands featuring menus ahead of their time. Case in point: Modern Market. Founders of the 30-unit chain sold controlling interest in late February to Butterfly Equity, a Los Angeles private equity firm specializing in “seed-to-table” investments.

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What the Monitor Stock Index Is Telling Us

The Restaurant Finance Monitor Stock Index (RSM) has returned 2.14% as of March 14, 2018, behind the S&P 500, which is up 3.16%.

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Delivering Yourself? Good Luck Finding Drivers

The labor situation is difficult, and restaurateurs looking to get into the delivery game themselves have an especially difficult task.

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Roger Lipton: Cooper's Hawk Checks 'Experiential' and 'Lifestyle' Boxes

Cooper’s Hawk has grown to 30 high-volume locations by tapping into the experiential and lifestyle trends that keep casual diners coming back.

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2018 Tax Reform Webinar

With tax reform legislation now law, it’s important than restaurant accounting, finance and tax professionals understand the important changes brought about by this legislation in order to take full advantage of the changes. We covered this topic in a webinar which you can now watch here.

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Roger Lipton: Market Volatility in Three Charts

The last two weeks have been especially volatile in the capital markets.

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Where are the Sit-Down Diners Going? QSR

Casual dining has more and more dine-in competition, now coming from the sleek new QSR restaurants.

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Valentine’s Data: Romance, Traffic and Menu Mix

Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days for almost every restaurant, but there are some major standouts when it comes to romance-related sales spikes.

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Restaurant Finance Monitor Stock Index Update

Brian Niccol is moving from Taco Bell to Chipotle (CMG) and takes over as CEO on March 5. Will Niccol be the right person to reverse Chipotle’s abysmal stock performance over the past two years?

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We Called It: Taco Bell’s Brian Niccol Leaves for Chipotle

By now, the industry knows Taco Bell CEO Brian Niccol will become Chipotle Mexican Grill CEO on March 5. It’s hardly surprising. Niccol’s name appeared in a December Restaurant Finance Monitor story I wrote about ideal candidates for CMG chief executive.

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The Changing Role of the Restaurant CFO

The traditional role of the CFO was to make sure the accounting was proper and the bills were paid. A CFO’s responsibilities now stretch from pricing and labor retention to customer behavior, cultural alignment and even storytelling.

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Introducing the Restaurant Finance Monitor Index

The true health of the restaurant industry is a constant debate.

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Conferences

Cosmopolitan Hotel

Restaurant Finance & Development Conference
November 12-14, 2018​
Wynn/Encore Las Vegas​

Find financing and make deals at the best networking event in the restaurant industry.

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FINANCE & REAL ESTATE DIRECTORY

Franchise Times would like to introduce you to the lenders and real estate advisory sources that are targeting the restaurant industry.

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Finance & Real Estate Directory

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