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Restaurant Chains Targeted in Buying Flurry

At least eight restaurant chains, seven of them franchised, were involved in a flurry of buying activity from Friday, September 2, through Friday, September 9. Private equity firms were buyers in the majority, but not all, of the deals.

Restaurant Lunch Visits Decline Sharply from a Changing American Lifestyle

Wendy's value 4 for $4 lunch meal
Americans look for value offerings  Photo/bmm

Restaurateurs are having a tough time competing with the changing work and lifestyle habits of Americans, especially when it comes to lunch. Lunches at restaurants, which account for a third of all restaurant traffic, have posted consecutively steeper declines over the past six months, according to a major research group.

Roark Capital Acquires Majority of Jimmy John’s

Jimmy John'sJimmy John's Sandwiches announced today that private equity firm Roark Capital Group has signed a definitive agreement to buy a majority interest in the firm. Founded in 1983 by Jimmy John Liautaud, the chain has more than 2,500 franchises.

Little Caesars Begins $150M Expansion to Detroit HQ

Fox Office Center in Detroit

Twenty-seven years after moving headquarters from Detroit's suburbs to the downtown Fox Office Center (pictured), Little Caesars has plans to more than double the size of its current head office premises to accommodate the company's growth.

Pizza Hut Indonesia Alleged to Have Used Expired Ingredients

Pizza Hut, its delivery arm Pizza Hut Delivery, and franchise Marugame Udon, a popular noodle chain in Japan that has branched out overseas, have been accused of using ingredients past their expiration date in food served to their guests in Indonesia.

McDonald’s Pushes Out Small Fry Franchisees

McDonald's friesMcDonald's is taking a page from competitors' playbooks in downsizing the number of mom and pop franchisees. It is helping its larger franchisees gobble them up.

Know the License and Permit Requirements for Your Restaurant

Obtaining the right licenses and permits are crucial for a restaurant to stay on the right side of the law, but requirements differ by area. Here's some help in tracking down the requirements for your restaurant in your area.

DOE Recognizes Wendy’s and Franchisee for Energy Leadership

On Wednesday the U.S. Department of Energy recognized both franchisor The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) and franchisee Wendco Group for leadership in energy efficiency.

Fresh Fruit Is Fast Food

Fresh fruit is fast food and with that comes the halo of "better for you" since 1991. Retailers have found success with apples, mandarin oranges, cherries, strawberries, grapes and blackberries.

Little Caesars Tops with Pokémon Go Players

A survey places Little Caesars as the most popular restaurant brand among Pokémon Go players, followed by Buffalo Wild Wings, then Jack in the Box.