Why Do Restaurants Close? A Financial Perspective on Why the Demise of Fine Dining Is Closing in on Us

In this column I write about new restaurants and their chances for financial success, but this month I wanted to make some observations on the recent closings of some beloved high-end restaurants in the Twin Cities. While my expertise is the financial aspects of restaurants, I recognize that food, service and personality are the most […]

Let’s Invest in Restaurants

Often I’m asked why people invest in restaurants, and in my articles I’ve certainly offered many reasons why. This time, let’s look at it differently: What if I had $750,000, or $250,000 or $50,000 to invest? Below are some general questions to ask before you write a check: Am I investing in a business or […]

My Take on the Top 200 Franchisees

(The article refers to the Restaurant Finance Monitor’s list of top 200 restaurant franchisees of 2017.) The Monitor 200 provides an interesting look at key franchisee operators who have a bearing on our industry and the financing world. The list over the last three years certainly has evolved, but many of the principals and the […]