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Four Foods Group Aims for ‘Prudent’ Rollout After Little Caesars Acquisition

The dynamic duo behind Utah-based Four Foods Group, Shauna and Andrew Smith, are heading south with Little Caesars.

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Cadence Bancorp Completes IPO

Cadence Bancorp, the parent company of restaurant lender Cadence Bank, raised $150 million by selling 7.5 million shares at $20, on April 12.

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Lane of Arabia Guides Saudi Chains’ Growth

Industry veteran Lane Cardwell won’t discuss his recent interim stint as CEO of Ruby Tuesdays, but his next role takes him far afield.

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Will Tax Returns Turn Around Sad Spring Comps?

A whole herd of scapegoats seems to run free around earnings season, and one of the biggest this quarter has been slow tax returns.

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Here Come the Luxembourgers! JAB To Buy Panera at $315 a Share

Most people outside the restaurant industry haven’t heard of Joh A. Benckiser, but that’s about to change.

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Panera Buyout Rumors Not Out of the Realm of Possibility, Despite High Valuation

Bloomberg News lit up the restaurant industry today with a report that Panera Bread is exploring strategic options including a possible sale of the 2,000-plus unit chain.

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Darden Doubles Down on Casual Dining With Cheddar’s Acquisition

Darden picked up its first brand in five years with the acquisition of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, doubling down on casual dining.

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Oak Hill Capital Partners Buys into Next Phase of Checkers & Rally’s

Private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners bought Checkers & Rally’s Restaurant Inc form Sentinel Capital Partners for $525 million.

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In Boardroom Shuffle, Puzder Exits CKE, KFC’s Marker Takes Over

A pair of high-profile moves are shaking things up at CKE and KFC.

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La Madeleine's Seeks Growth via Refranchising

La Madeleine's French Bakery & Cafe, the French-themed bakery concept under the Le Duff umbrella is embarking on a major refranchising effort led by the Cypress Group.

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RBI Buying Authentically-Positioned Chicken Leader Popeyes

The rumors proved true, Restaurant Brands International is set to acquire Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in a deal worth $1.8 billion.

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$1.1B Opportunity: Turning Infrequent Diners into Regulars

How much would turning an infrequent customer into a regular affect the bottom line?

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Julia Stewart Out, Asset-Light Model in Question

DineEquity (NYSE: DIN) CEO Julia Stewart is out.

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