Could Darden Be A Buyout Candidate?

Facing a lawsuit, angry shareholders and even skepticism from some analysts, Darden Restaurants keeps forging ahead with its spinoff of Red Lobster. But here's one potential end game: A private equity buyout.

Carrols Is Looking For Growth Cash

Carrols Restaurant Group has been largely quiet on the acquisition front since its purchase of 278 units and the right of first refusal from Burger King two years ago. That's about to change. The big New York franchisee is about to hold a secondary offering to raise funds in part to buy more locations.

March Sales Improve, But Not For Everybody

Good news: After a brutal first two months of the year brought on by a lot of bad weather, restaurant sales improved in March. But they didn't improve for casual dining chains that still struggled to bring in customers.

Biglari Gets Poked For His Company's Returns

All three proxy advisory firms, ISS, Glass Lewis and Egan Jones, recommended against Sardar Biglari in his effort to get Cracker Barrel to sell itself. And one of them cited the returns of Big's own company as a reason for the recommendation.

Zoe's Kitchen Has A Strong Debut

Stock weakness in recent days has dented the market for IPOs, unless the company going public generates comparisons with Chipotle. The latest, Zoe's Kitchen, had a strong first day of trading Friday, jumping nearly 70 percent in early trading.


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