Romano’s Macaroni Grill filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month amid store closures and a restructuring of the casual-dining chain's operations. Read more.
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Noodles & Company was planning to close 55 underperforming restaurants — more than 10 percent of its 528 locations — as it worked to right its financial ship amid persistently weak sales, the fast-casual operator said in February. Read more.
Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc. was closing six more of its Pollo Tropical restaurants, pulling out of the Texas market entirely, the company said in September. Read more.
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar expected to close as many as 135 restaurants before the end of fiscal 2017, parent company, DineEquity, Inc. announced in August. Read more.
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Smashburger condensed its expansion strategy, focusing on existing markets where Smashburger can build a critical mass so it could start advertising on television. It also renegotiated some of its leases. Read more.
With costs rising and sales uncertain, BJ’s Restaurants Inc. is putting its sales growth into a lower gear, hoping the slowdown will give it time to improve margins and operations, the company said last month. Read more.
Struggling barbecue chain Famous Dave’s of America Inc. has closed at least 13 locations since July, according to the company’s published unit counts. Read more.
With its sales recovery slowing to a crawl over the summer, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. said in October it would scale back unit development next year. Read more.
Potbelly Corp. plans to reduce development and close underperforming locations amid persistently weak same-store sales, the company said last week. Read more.
The number of Papa Murphy’s locations has fallen by 40 over the past 12 months. Read more.
Zoe’s Kitchen Inc. is slowing its unit-growth plans for 2018, the company said in releasing its third-quarter earnings Thursday. Read more.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. will pause unit growth at the end of 2018 amid casual-dining “category volatility,” the company CEO said Monday. Read more.