Restaurant business

With Panera and Chipotle Earnings, 'Fast Casual' Is Hot

Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill are the leaders in this new trend of '€˜fast casual'. That's the position between fast food and more formal restaurants with waiter service. It’s also the sweet spot in price. Both companies are out with solid quarterly earnings.

Sad to See Friendly's Fail, But It Was Inevitable

This ice cream lover is sure she's not alone in harboring affection for Friendly's, which started out as a Depression-era ice cream shop. But when its parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday, she certainly wasn't surprised.