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Papa John’s Apologizes for Criticizing NFL Protests after Backlash on Social Media

Papa John's pizzeriaAfter Papa John's CEO took a stand against the NFL leadership and players kneeling during the National Anthem to protest racial injustice and police violence, claiming his company's third quarter earnings had been affected, John Schnatter somewhat retreated yesterday on Twitter with a different message from his company, a national sponsor of the NFL.

Ruth’s Chris Franchisor to Buy 6 Hawaii Locations from Franchisee

Ruth's Chris, Restaurant Row, Honolulu
Ruth's Chris, Restaurant Row (in Waterfront Plaza), Honolulu

Ruth’s Hospitality Group Inc. is buying six Hawaii Ruth’s Chris Steak House locations from its longtime franchisee Desert Island Restaurants for about $35 million in cash.

CEO Schnatter Blames NFL Leadership for Papa John’s 3rd Quarter Sagging Sales

Washington Redskins players kneel before game (Photo: Wiki, Keith Allison)

Papa John's CEO John Schnatter blasted the NFL leadership yesterday on a conference call regarding the franchisor's 2017 3rd Quarter Results, stating the football league's ongoing player protests during the national anthem is hurting their sales by not resolving the controversy early on.

How to Prevent Sexual Harassment Claims at Your Restaurant

Sexual harassment is in the news, with bad publicity for the industries and companies involved and monetary losses. According to the 2014 report, The Glass Floor: Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry, "While seven percent of American women work in the restaurant industry, more than a third (an eye-opening 37%) of all sexual harassment claims to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) come from the restaurant industry."

Franchise Restaurant CEOs Predict Industry Changes, Trends

Five CEOs of restaurant franchisors gathered together as a panel this past Tuesday evening at the Fast Casual Executive Summit in Nashville to offer what they see coming around the bend. They were Captain D's Phil Greifeld, Wing Zone's Matt Friedman, Back Yard Burgers' David McDougall, Focus Brands' Steve DeSutter and Koti Pizza Group's Tommi Tervanen.

Subway CEO Suzanne Greco Interview

Subway shopSuzanne Greco, Subway's president and CEO, runs the world's largest restaurant company, but it is in serious trouble, with widespread dissatisfaction among franchisees. Greco is the sister of Fred DeLuca, who passed away in 2015 from leukemia after naming her as his successor. In this interview she talks about her plans to turn the company around.

The Decade-Long Slide of Macaroni Grill

Macaroni Grill front entrance
Macaroni Grill / Wikipedia Commons photo

Romano's Macaroni Grill has struggled and fought a losing battle for a decade. The franchisor's woes are emblematic of the 2008 economic collapse and the casual dining sector problems. This week it filed for bankruptcy.

Chain Coffee Shops Increase While Independents Close

Cup of Joe
photo by Thomas Hawk

Java, cuppa Joe, go juice, hojo, or whatever one wants to call coffee, a ready-made cup of it is not far from reach for the majority of U.S. consumers. 

Roark Capital Buys Minority Stake in Culver’s

Culver's better burgers and frozen custardCulver Franchising System Inc. has sold a minority stake to Georgia-based private equity firm Roark Capital Group.

Restaurants Numbers Bad, but They Were Skewed by Hurricanes

The restaurant figures reported for the third quarter of 2017 are the second worst in over five years, but things are not as bad as they seem, contends TDn2K (Transforming Data Into Knowledge): Hurricanes Harvey and Irma skewed business in two of this country’s biggest economies in the wrong direction.