Restaurant Finance News and Trends

News, trends, and advice on economic indicators, availability of capital, investment potential, franchise opportunities, and financial metrics in foodservice, full-service restaurants, and the hospitality industry.


The Rise of Employee Stock Ownership Plans

At first, the reaction was more confusion than excitement.

Restaurant Sales Surpass Grocery Sales for First Time

Monthly sales at restaurants exceeded grocery stores sales for the first time on record, the National Restaurant Association noted.

April Full-Service Sales Rose 2.3%

Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) announced that the APT Index of restaurant sales for April 2015 increased +3.6 percent, compared to April of last year.

What's Next for Bad Daddy's, Post-Purchase

Strong unit volumes and a desire to find high-performers outside of the fast-casual market led Good Times Restaurants to announce its purchase of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based Bad Daddy's

DRH Grows Revenues in First Quarter of 2015

Diversified Restaurant Holdings,, the creator, developer, and operator Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern and one of the largest franchisees for Buffalo Wild Wings, announced today the resu

Elimination of Discount Strategy Lowers Sales at Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's of America today reported financial results for the first quarter ending March 29, 2015.

Bloomin' Brands Announces 3.6% Increase in Q1 Sales

Bloomin' Brands, Inc. today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 29, 2015, compared to the first quarter ended March 30, 2014.

Applebee's and IHOP Post Sales Gains in Q1 2015

DineEquity, the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP restaurants, today announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

Final Four Boosted Restaurant Sales 18% Near Indianapolis Stadium

Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) today announced that the APT Index of restaurant sales increased +18 percent in the area surrounding Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium during th