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 […]

Is McDonald’s Turning the Corner?

For the first time in two years, McDonald’s saw positive same-store sales in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2015. The fourth-quarter comparable sales results, released at the end of last month, surpassed expectations even further, jumping 5.7% for U.S. stores from a year earlier. Subsequently, stock prices reached an all-time high in February, […]

Midscale: No Longer Middling

What’s up with midscale? Midscale restaurants’ same-store sales increased by 5.8% in the first quarter of 2015, outperforming every other segment (the all-industry growth rate was 4.0%). Some chains did even better: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store was up 11.4%, Denny’s up 7.4%. This surge is a recent development. The midscale or family-style segment (defined […]