Finances and Deals


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    Chipotle doubles tech venture fund spending to $100M

    The chain’s second round of $50 million for its Cultivate Next fund comes less than two years after the project was announced, and as Chipotle tests equipment developed by partner companies.

    By Feb. 28, 2024
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    Roark rumored to be seeking Inspire Brands IPO

    With a potential valuation of $20 billion, an IPO for the parent company of Dunkin’ and Arby’s would be one of the biggest in the restaurant industry in over 20 years. 

    By Feb. 15, 2024
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    Boston Market owner Jay Pandya files for bankruptcy a second time

    Pandya originally filed for bankruptcy in December, but that case was dismissed after he failed to respond to court orders for more information. 

    By Feb. 14, 2024
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    17-unit Popeyes franchisee files for bankruptcy

    RRG said losses at three of its units made it impossible to sustain timely lease payments at its remaining stores, pushing the operator to seek Chapter 11 protections.

    By Feb. 6, 2024
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    US Foods wins $11.9M suit against Boston Market by default

    A federal judge found Boston Market engaged in bad faith and intentionally avoided engaging with process servers in a lawsuit over unpaid bills.

    By Feb. 1, 2024
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    Cost pressures may drive restaurant franchisee bankruptcies in 2024

    Issues with margins or cash flow due to supply shocks, labor shortages and other disruptions can push operators into covenant default over their debts, experts said.

    By Jan. 30, 2024
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    JDE Peet’s reaches $260M licensing deal with Caribou Coffee

    The transaction will allow JDE Peet’s to expand its premium portfolio in North America, while Caribou could focus on its growing coffeehouse business. 

    By Christopher Doering • Jan. 22, 2024
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    Thai Union Group looks to sell stake in Red Lobster

    The seafood group, which been a minority stakeholder in Red Lobster since 2016, said it decided to divest after ongoing financial troubles at the chain.

    By Jan. 17, 2024
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    RBI to acquire Carrols Restaurant Group for $1B

    The transaction, which is expected to close in Q2, will accelerate the pace of the franchisee’s Burger King remodels from 45 to 120 annually.

    By Jan. 16, 2024
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    TGI Fridays to close 36 underperforming restaurants

    The casual chain also sold eight units in the Northeast to former CEO Ray Blanchette following a year of C-suite upheaval.

    By Jan. 4, 2024
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    Pinstripes bowls into public markets

    After completing its combination with Banyan Acquisition Corp. last week, the eatertainment chain began trading on the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday.

    By Jan. 2, 2024
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    From the archives

    A look back at 8 major franchisee bankruptcies in 2023

    Burger King, Popeyes, McDonald’s and more saw multi-unit operators go belly-up due to struggles with inflation, low traffic and rising costs.

    By Dec. 1, 2023
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    Toast’s growth slows

    The restaurant fintech noticed “a modest slowdown” in same-store sales in the latter half of Q3 that continued into October, the company’s CFO said Tuesday.

    By Caitlin Mullen • Nov. 8, 2023
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    Denny’s franchisee files for bankruptcy

    Denn-Ohio reported negative net income of $1.3 million in 2022 after struggling with rising labor, food and delivery costs for two years. 

    By Nov. 3, 2023
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    TCBY, Mrs. Fields franchisor acquired by Pearl Street Equity

    The purchase of the brands, for an undisclosed sum, is intended to “take [their] franchisee support to the next level.”

    By Oct. 26, 2023
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    Pret A Manger enters joint venture with franchisee to extend US growth

    Existing franchisee Dallas International will take control of 50 units across the Northeast and develop 10 more on the East Coast by 2026.

    By Oct. 20, 2023
  • Krispy Kreme mulls sale of Insomnia Cookies

    As the doughnut chain pursues capital-light growth and partnerships in the QSR space, its may part with Insomnia to refocus on core products. 

    By Oct. 3, 2023
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    Burger King buys 32 franchisee units at bankruptcy auction

    The chain bought the units, which are in Montana, Utah and Wyoming, from a sale of Meridian Restaurants Unlimited locations.

    By Sept. 28, 2023
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    Pinstripes hires CFO, CMO as it prepares public debut

    Tony Querciagrossa and Shannon Keller join the brand as CFO and CMO, respectively, as the 14-unit chain gears up for significant growth.

    By Sept. 27, 2023
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    McDonald’s will raise royalty rate on new US restaurants by 25%

    The fee change increases operator royalty rates from 4% to 5%, but most of the Golden Arches’ franchising revenue will still come from rent, CNBC reports. 

    By Sept. 22, 2023
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    What Roark deal means for Subway franchisees

    Under its new owner, the sandwich chain could see more rapid expansion, but operators may still be challenged by low store-level profitability.

    By Aug. 31, 2023
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    Subway to be acquired by Roark Capital

    After a monthslong sales process, Roark emerged as the winning bidder with a reported purchase price over $9 billion. 

    By Aug. 24, 2023
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    Panera Brands hires CFO as IPO prep continues

    Paul Carbone, who helped lead Dunkin’ and Yeti’s IPOs, took over the role on Tuesday.

    By Aug. 15, 2023
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    Qdoba wants to double unit count to 1,500 in a decade

    The chain is selectively refranchising corporate units to support its growth, while rival Chipotle is scaling through company-owned units alone. 

    By Aug. 10, 2023