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Potbelly Considers Selling the Firm as Q2 Shop Comps Drop

Potbelly shop front windowPotbelly Corporation [NASDAQ:PBPB) reported a poor showing on Friday in its second quarter financial results of 2017, which ended June 25. Amidst the earnings miss, it also reported that it is looking for a strategic sale of the company.

The Ugly Truth: Are Your Employee Handbook Policies and Non-Compete Agreements a Recipe for Litigation?

A question often asked by employers is whether they are legally required to have an employee handbook, and the answer is “no.”  A much better question to ask is whether it is a good idea for employers to legally protect themselves with a well-drafted and up-to-date employee handbook, and the answer to that question is a clear and definitive “yes.” 

NYPD Cops Refused Service at Dunkin’, Unions React with Boycott

A clerk at a Brooklyn Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins store allegedly refused to serve two policemen who were in line to buy ice cream around noon on a hot summer day, prompting retaliation from NYPD police unions against the chain.

Restaurant Delivery Economics: What Could It Be?

We all know restaurant delivery has become the opportunity dejour, hopeful talk on delivery has recently caused security analysts to lift their entire restaurant industry perspective (see Morgan Stanley, John Glass, July 2017).

CEO Praises Burger King Franchisees as They Post 3 Percent Same-Restaurant Growth in Q2

Home of the WhopperRestaurant Brands International Inc. (NYSE:QSR), parent company to quick service chains Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, announced robust comparable sales of 3.0 percent for its U.S. Burger King restaurants in the second quarter of this year versus the same period last year.

Denny’s Outperforms Expectations, Franchisees Have Strong Second Quarter

Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ:DENN), an operator and franchisor over a chain of 1,724 restaurants, reported on Tuesday a strong performance for its second quarter, which ended June 28, 2017.

Ruth’s Company Restaurants Grow Traffic and Comps in Q2

Ruth's Chris Steak HouseRuth's Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH) reported its unaudited financial results last week that show its company-owned same-restaurant sales are growing as are revenues from its franchising activities.

Independent Micro Restaurant Chains Grow in Big Cities

Although total independent restaurant unit counts have declined by 4 percent from a year ago, micro-chain units, that is to say a small chain from three to 19 units, are increasing in major U.S. cities, says a major foodservice researcher.

New Dunkin’ Donuts to Open in Pasadena under Unique Rebranded Name

Dunkin' Donuts franchisees in California will open a new store in Pasadena under the rebranded name of Dunkin', to reflect the unique location of the store and highlight Dunkin' Donuts' focus on beverages, rather than donuts.

McDonald's Largest Franchisee Says Will Use 100% Sustainably Sourced Fish by 2020

Brazil-based Arcos Dorados, McDonald's largest franchisee, acknowledging its large impact on the environment, has pledged to sustainably source all of its fish, packaging and palm oil by 2020. The company, with over 90,000 employees and 2,156 restaurants, has the exclusive right to own, operate and franchise McDonald's restaurants in 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its stock has traded on the NYSE (ARCO) since 2011.