As Sales Decline, Cracker Barrel Plots a Path Forward

Despite results that “performed below our internal expectations,” Cracker Barrel raised its earnings guidance for the fiscal year following its third-quarter report. Sandra B. Cochran, the company’s president and CEO, said during a conference call that marketing and advertising didn’t deliver the sales and traffic the brand hoped.

Joe's Crab Shack, Brick House Face Murky Future

Ignite Restaurant Group’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings revealed some alarming sales declines during what appears to be a transitional period for the parent company of Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern.

Famous Dave’s Refranchising Company-Owned Stores

In the next 12 to 24 months, company-owned Famous Dave’s will be a thing of the past. But in the meantime, the chain could close additional stores, CEO Mike Lister said in a conference call.The 173-unit chain reported comparable-restaurant sales declines of 4.

Optimism Surges as Red Robin Beats 1Q Expectations

Red Robin CEO Denny Marie Post addressed the “hot topic of off-premise” business during the company’s first-quarter earnings call on Tuesday afternoon. The conversation took place as shares of Red Robin jumped more than 15 percent in late trading following a better-than-expected report and boosted guidance.

The ONE Group Reports 12th Consecutive Quarter of Growth

The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31.Highlights for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017 were as follows:The first quarter marked the 12 consecutive quarter of revenue growth.

Ignite Restaurant Group Reportedly on Verge of Bankruptcy

Ignite Restaurant Group, parent company of Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern, could be on the verge of bankruptcy, according to Bloomberg, which cited “people familiar with the matter.” The article reported that the company was preparing to file as early as this week.

Chuy’s Expects to Open Up to 14 Restaurants in 2017

Chuy’s Holdings, Inc. announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 26, 2017.Highlights for the first quarter ended March 26 were as follows:Revenue increased 11.3 percent to $86.9 million from $78.

J. Alexander’s Reports 'Solid Performance' in First Quarter

J. Alexander’s Holdings, Inc., owner and operator of the J. Alexander’s Restaurants, Redlands Grill, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill and Lyndhurst Grill collection of restaurants, announced financial results for the first quarter ended April 2.

Denny's Looks Ahead After Volatile First Quarter

The word volatile or volatility came up seven times during Denny’s first-quarter earnings call on Tuesday. As John Miller, president and chief executive officer said, the descriptor is an apt way to sum up the entire restaurant industry right now, as well as the challenging climate the brand faces as it looks to revitalizes one of America’s classic chains.

Applebee's Could Shutter 3 Percent of Stores in 2017

With a same-store sales decline of 7.9 percent for the first quarter of this year, Applebee’s is betting on new leadership and initiatives to turn the brand around.The chain recently named former Brinker executive John Cywinski as president, who said in a conference call Tuesday that Applebee’s needs to get back to its roots through meaningful structural changes and a focus on guest satisfaction.

Thriving Texas Roadhouse Has Big Growth Plans for 2017

Shares of Texas Roadhouse soared to record highs Tuesday as investors digested the casual dining company’s better-than-expected first-quarter results. While Texas Roadhouse surprised analysts with the numbers, how it got there was far from complicated, executives explained in a conference call.

BJ's Restaurants Headed in the Right Direction

Gregory Trojan, CEO and president of BJ’s Restaurants, said the 192-unit chain remains focused on “needle-moving sales building initiatives” as it continues trending in the right direction.BJ’s reported first-quarter earnings of $9.