Restaurant Finance Watch: Is there a fast-casual bubble?

Restaurant Finance Watch: Is there a fast-casual bubble?

NRN editor and restaurant finance expert Jonathan Maze breaks down what you should be watching in the industry this week. Connect with him on the latest finance trends and news at @jonathanmaze and [email protected] RELATED: • Shake Shack IPO could be biggest in restaurant history • Romano’s Macaroni Grill buyer banks on fast casual • More restaurant finance news

Over the past couple of years, investors have poured money into newly public fast-casual operators like The Habit Restaurants Inc., Zoe’s Kitchen Inc. and Shake Shack Inc., to the point that such companies have valuations eliciting comparisons to the infamous dot-com bubble of the late 1990s.

The reception given to Shake Shack when it made its public de

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