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.


Restaurant Industry Battles Weather and Economic Uncertainty

The restaurant industry experienced a discouraging start to the year as measured by same-store sales growth during January. External factors certainly had an impact.

Good Times Plans to Open Eight Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar in 2016

Good Times Restaurants Inc., operator of Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard, a regional quick service restaurant chain focused on fresh, high quality, all natural products and Bad Daddy’

Bob Evans Farms Closes on a $30 Million Mortgage

Bob Evans Farms, Inc. announced it closed on a $30 million mortgage of its corporate support center in New Albany, Ohio.  

JPB Capital Partners Acquires Mulligan's Beach House Bar and Grill

JPB Capital Partners, a leading strategic equity investor in lower-middle market consumer related brands and services, announced a majority investment in Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill,

Glacier Restaurant Group Buys Max & Erma’s

Glacier Restaurant Group announced that it is buying the Max & Erma’s restaurant chain from American Blue Ribbon Holdings with the objective of revitalizing the concept for exceptional gr

Max & Erma's Shutters 13 Midwest Restaurants

American Blue Ribbon announced the closing of 13 Max & Erma’s Midwest locations as it streamlines operations and deals with underperforming outlets.

Acquisition Boosts Chili’s Second Quarter Company Sales

Brinker International, Inc. announced results for the fiscal second quarter that ended December 23.Highlights include the following:

Fourth-Quarter Sales Growth Doesn't Dismiss Potential Challenges in 2016

The good news is 2015 was a much better year than 2014 for the restaurant industry; the bad news is same-store sales growth continued to decelerate during quarter four.

Del Frisco's Restaurant Group Plans to Focus on Improving Existing Locations

Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Inc., the owner and operator of the Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, and Del Frisco’s Grille restaurant concepts,

Restaurant Sales Increase 20.6 Percent at Kona Grill

Kona Grill, Inc., an American grill and sushi bar, announced preliminary restaurant sales for the quarter ended December 31.