Are We Facing a Restaurant Recession?

The Top 500 restaurant market is in a slump right now. With the lead dining brands’ same-store sales visibly lagging this past second quarter, some analysts and reporters are even using the phrase “restaurant recession.” At reporting chains, year-over-year same-store sales only increased half of a percentage point in quarter two, the slowest growth seen […]

Top 500 Brands Keep Franchisees Close — and Sales Growth Closer

If I had a dollar for every time over the past five years that I’ve heard, “Franchisees are just better at running stores than giant corporate brands,” I would probably have enough money to pay any chain’s franchisee fee and build a new restaurant. Such conventional wisdom seemed airtight recently, as franchise-unit openings have far […]

Buffalo Wild Wings’ Spin on Game Changer

This week, Buffalo Wild Wings launches Game Changer in its 925 locations nationwide. The pale ale designed by Redhook Brewery is aptly named, as it not only relates to the beer’s intended purpose as a brew to pair with eating wings while watching sports on the 50 or so screens found in any Buffalo Wild […]