Denny’s Shareholder Battle Boils Over

Nation’s Restaurant News reports that the bitter proxy fight for control of three seats on Denny’s board of directors comes to a head Wednesday at the company’s annual meeting, the parent of the 1,500-unit family-dining chain has said the tactics employed by the dissident investor group to shake up management have alienated franchisees and could hurt business

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Franchisee Survey Released to Chagrin of KFC

BlueMauMau reports that the Association of KFC Franchisees (AKFCF) released the results of a systemwide survey showing franchisees are not happy with the direction of the brand. And they are telling management how it can improve.

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CKE Restaurants Says New Takeover Bid Is Better

The New York Times reports that CKE Restaurants, the operator of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants said Tuesday that a rival buyout offer from an unnamed bidder was better than the one it had from a private equity firm, The Associated Press reported.

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Squirrel Hill: Not your Grandfather’s Dunkin’ Donuts

Squirrel Hill is a section of Pittsburgh known for its ethnic restaurants, old fashioned grocery stores and trendy boutiques. It is also home to a very different kind of Dunkin’ Donuts shop. Opened less than a year ago, the store is big—over 2,000 square feet—and features a sitting area with bookshelves, a fireplace and flat screen TVs. DDIFO Members read more…

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BK Wages Breakfast War on McDonald’s With New Sandwich

In a new 30-second commercial from agency Crispin Porter & Bogusky, BK’s mascot, the King — armed with a flashlight and donning a hoodie — breaks into McDonald’s headquarters in the wee hours of the morning to copy the recipe for McD’s Sausage McMuffin with Egg sandwich. A voice-over says, “It’s not that original but it’s super affordable … egg, sausage and cheese on a toasted English muffin.” DDIFO MWatch the commercial….

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With Obama-Care, Calorie Counters Find a Strange Ally: Fast-Food Restaurants

Bruce Watson reports at AOL Daily Finance that part of the health care bill that President Obama signed Tuesday requires all chain restaurants with more than 20 locations to post calorie listings on their menus and drive-through signs. This ruling, which should affect more than 200,000 restaurants from coast to coast, has found a surprising ally: the restaurant industry.

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Subway Commits to Cage-Free Eggs

QSR Magazine reports that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) scored a big victory this week when it announced a commitment from Subway to eventually use 100 percent cage-free eggs. The commitment comes on the heels of Subway’s announcement that it will roll out a breakfast menu.

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