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NRN editors discuss restaurant earnings week plus ghost-kitchen players

Plus hear from Amir Mostafavi, CEO and founder of South Block


This week on the Extra Serving podcast, a product of Nation’s Restaurant News, NRN editors Holly Petre, Sam Oches and Leigh Anne Zinsmeister spoke about the earnings palooza that occurred this week and the end of last week.

Several brands reported this week and last, including but not limited to Shake Shack, McDonald’s, Brinker International, Bloomin’ Brands, Restaurant Brands International, Noodles & Company, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and Inspire Brands. There were some themes that stood out to the editors, and they discussed them on the pod along with some learnings from the earnings calls.

Then, senior editor Joanna Fantozzi joined the podcast fresh off writing a piece about Papa Johns’ earnings to discuss the brand’s Q3 report. The quick-service chain was negative in both same-store sales and revenue for the first time in 12 quarters, and the four discussed what this means for the pizza giant that looked as though it was beginning to overtake Domino’s.

Finally, the four discussed Fantozzi’s recent feature on ghost kitchens and the new players in the game. The editors discussed the future of ghost kitchens and the tools that they need to be both nimble and necessary in the current environment.

This week’s interview is Amir Mostafavi, founder and CEO of South Block. The growing juice bar chain’s CEO discussed his eight tips for restaurateurs in business today and how he’s been able to grow his own business to 12 units.

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