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Domino's, Denny's And Wendy's All At Risk Of Going Broke (w/obligatory Palin snark included)
Pop Blend ^ | July 4, 2011 | Jacob Sundstrom

Posted on 07/04/2011 1:19:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

We live in a backwards world where great things happen to bad people, bad things happen to good people, and where Sarah Palin is considered a legitimate presidential candidate. The greatest example of the inverse nature of our universe is the success, or lack of success found by restaurants around the world, particularly the United States. We live in a world where Noah’s Bagels nears bankruptcy while McDonalds thrives on our fatty flesh (and charging for sauce packets? GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE.).

In a list published by The Street, twenty restaurant chains are at risk of going under. Some are on their way up, others on their way down, and some are just chilling out in mediocrity. The list was compiled using an Altman score which combines a bunch of different factors to measure the health of a company (and its investment quality). Over a 3.1, you’re all good; under a 1.8 and you’re screwed; anywhere in between is a glorious grey mass. It should be noted that a company filing for bankruptcy does not equal its’ speedy dismissal from this Earth. Marie Callender’s went bankrupt earlier this year, and while they’ll be closing many of their mediocre restaurants; I’m almost positive the one outside Six Flags Magic Mountain will remain open. Thank God, how else am I supposed to get free parking for Six Flags? Oh, and expensive pies.

Red Robin and Sonic are both on their way out of despair, which is a shame; there is nowhere more mediocre than a Sonic restaurant. It’s the kind of place people go to because they can’t come up with anything more interesting, or after they've already been to Carl’s Jr. four times that week. Red Robin is overpriced, and the service has always been “meh”. Seriously, charge me fifteen dollars for a burger without smiling? Screw you, bro.

Noah’s Bagels is also recovering, which is great; because I’d probably cry if the only decent bagel place in my area shut down. Domino’s Pizza is also considered a bankruptcy risk, although its’ stock has risen 85% over the past year. It remains 29% lower than it was pre-recession, but that’s partially because the pizza tasted like cardboard until about a year ago. Moral of the story: bad companies have a harder time selling their slop when no one has any money.

DineEquity, the restaurant group that owns Applebee’s and IHOP is also struggling mightily, although the almost-as-good-as-TGI-Fridays casual restaurant chain has experienced some growth recently due to a revitalization of the brand. IHOP has continued to struggle though, probably because the pancakes suck, and Denny’s is at least perceived as having a greater swath of options than a place that is dedicated 100% to pancakes, more or less.

Apparently not as many people are thinking Arby’s as the commercials claimed; the Wendy’s/Arby’s group is diverging, so that the company can focus on their namesake brand (Wendy’s). First step: Enough of the damned sea-salt french fries. My hamster loves them, but hey, he also licks a block of salt all day just to get his kicks. This is one company that is moving downwards right now, which seems to be the exception and not the rule on this list.

Denny’s is a weird one because while it has turned a profit four straight years, it has a negative Altman score. I’m obviously not a stock expert, but this seems weird to me. Apparently the chain has underperformed and taken heat for giving away too much food; all I know is that those grand slam breakfasts are freaking awesome -- as is the heartburn that follows.

Here’s a list of the twenty riskiest restaurant stocks, better head out to your favorite’s to hopefully push them back towards the black! The list goes from least risky to most risky:

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
Sonic
Ruby Tuesday
J. Alexander’s
Carrols Restaurant Group
Einstein Noah Restaurant Group
O’Charley’s
Kona Grill
Ruth’s Hospitality Group
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant
Bravo Brio Restaurant Group
Domino’s Pizza
Rick’s Cabaret International
DineEquity
Morton’s Restaurant Group
Wendy's/Arby's
Granite City Food & Brewery
Denny’s
Good Times Restaurants
Cosi


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food
KEYWORDS: bankruptcy; business; economy; food; jobs; obama; recession; restaurants
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Another accomplishment of the Obama administration. Can we stand four more years?
1 posted on 07/04/2011 1:19:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I dunno, the clown lost me when he threw that dig at Sarah Palin.

Up His.


2 posted on 07/04/2011 1:24:27 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I for one wont miss domino’s. Quite possibly the most digusting pizza ever; microwaveable pizza taste better.


3 posted on 07/04/2011 1:25:12 PM PDT by hannibaal
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See also: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2742368/posts


4 posted on 07/04/2011 1:26:06 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Venturer

He also has no concept of a good pancake. I love IHOP pancakes.

Let’s face it, they aren’t a gourmand delight, but that have that addictive quality White Castles or Jack in the Box Tacos have.


5 posted on 07/04/2011 1:27:18 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When 2012 finally gets here I’m really going to enjoy pointing and laughing at liberals


6 posted on 07/04/2011 1:27:58 PM PDT by txroadkill ( "The system worked" - J. Napolitano / "We're screwed!" -TxRoadkill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Restaurants have a very small profit margin and many of these restaurants rely on high volume and upselling to make a profit.

Plus, you got the Obama inflation and a recessionary economy, which equals stagflation, a word that nobody wants to mention in the media, because that might hurt Obama’s chances for re-election.

Why can’t these idiot Republicans in the elite of the party start attacking Obama for stagflation?

Obamanomics is a complete failure and the GOP is pussyfooting around.


7 posted on 07/04/2011 1:28:48 PM PDT by radpolis (Liberals: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wouldn’t miss any of them except maybe Denny’s if you’re traveling on Christmas day (they were the only ones open).


8 posted on 07/04/2011 1:29:21 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Venturer

I have noticed that Girlymen seem to be hysterically frightened of strong women.


9 posted on 07/04/2011 1:29:24 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Another accomplishment of the Obama administration. Can we stand four more years? “

Most countries have NEVER developed the concept of relatively cheap eat-out food. Either you pay THROUGH THE TEETH, or you eat at home. We developed it due to our free-market system, and (relatively) cheap labor.

But those days are quickly going away...and while they may want to blame Palin, the last time that I checked, she was POWERLESS at the national level.

But Obama is far from powerless - and soon, a HUGE swath of what had been American life will be gone, and only the VERY EFFICIENT, like McDonalds, will be around.

Personally, I don’t mind...I’ve had it with expensive places to eat, and love McDonalds, but the liberals will have a cow - and will still likely blame Palin.


10 posted on 07/04/2011 1:29:34 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Venturer; hannibaal

Hmmm, is it just me or is this Jacob Sundstrom practically dancing around and pleasuring himself with the thought that all these restaurants favored by us common schmucks going under?

p.s. the IHOP in my neighborhood makes great pancakes.

p.p.s. and where the heck do you find Red Robin Gourmet Burgers?


11 posted on 07/04/2011 1:30:36 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ruth’s Chris and Morton’s are way over-rated and the prices are out of control.

You want to drop $40-50 on a steak house, find a Fogo de Chao for unlimited amounts of prime cuts of meat in a great atmosphere; and it’s only $28-32 for lunch during the week.


12 posted on 07/04/2011 1:32:25 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How can Fuddruckers not be on this list. Food is way over-priced and the quality is bad.


13 posted on 07/04/2011 1:34:58 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I would say that we live in a backward time when ANYTHING that Jacob Sundstrom is even considered WORTH reading!

Hey Jakey, FO!!!
14 posted on 07/04/2011 1:35:06 PM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (The United States Marine Corps, your greatest friend or your worst enemy. YOU choose.)
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To: gorush

In my former city, the ones only open on new Year’s and Christmas Day were the Chinese and Asian restaurants. It’s sort of like tradition to bring your entire family/clan and enjoy life. Those restos never close as far as I know.


15 posted on 07/04/2011 1:36:22 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FAK BARAK)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Couldn’t read past the first insulting sentence.

But to the author, I will say:

Resistance is futile!
Prepare to be liberated!

GOD BLESS AMERICA

Happy Independence Day, 2ndDivisionVet!


16 posted on 07/04/2011 1:37:12 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (PALIN 45 The cure for "meet the new boss, same as the old boss.")
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To: sinanju

There is one less than 100 yards from Gillette Stadium at Patriot Place in Foxboro MA. Very good burgers, moderately priced.


17 posted on 07/04/2011 1:38:16 PM PDT by pietraynor (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. Ronald Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“It’s the kind of place people go to because they can’t come up with anything more interesting, or after they’ve already been to Carl’s Jr. four times that week”.

...with digs like this, I’d say this little twirp is enjoying seeing commoner slop houses (as he’d refer to them) going under.


18 posted on 07/04/2011 1:38:27 PM PDT by albie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We live in a backwards world where great things happen to bad people, bad things happen to good people, and where Sarah Palin is considered a legitimate presidential candidate

But a junior state Senator who was nothing more than a glorified community organizer is?


19 posted on 07/04/2011 1:39:49 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: Venturer

I’m with you.

As soon as I see something like that it stops me cold, realizing I’m reading the writings of an elitist or a drone.


20 posted on 07/04/2011 1:40:05 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Red Robin is overpriced, and the service has always been “meh”. Seriously, charge me fifteen dollars for a burger without smiling? Screw you, bro.

Author working overtime to try to be clever. AND it shows.

21 posted on 07/04/2011 1:40:41 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: SeaHawkFan
I think a good number of Fuddruckers restaurants have already closed across the county.
22 posted on 07/04/2011 1:41:10 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Rick’s Cabaret, that I know is for pole dancing, not food.


23 posted on 07/04/2011 1:41:43 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama’s fault.


24 posted on 07/04/2011 1:41:53 PM PDT by exnavy (May the Lord bless and keep our troops.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Rick’s Cabaret International”

I do not believe that Rick’s Cabaret International is technically a restaurant.


25 posted on 07/04/2011 1:44:11 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Morton’s Restaurant Group

Morton’s would be a tough one to lose.


26 posted on 07/04/2011 1:46:11 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: BobL

Our family stopped at a Wendy’s yesterday and the tab came to $31! We would have spent about the same at a much nicer sit-down restaurant.


27 posted on 07/04/2011 1:47:41 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Jonah is my patron saint.)
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To: BobL

Travel more. Sure we are the kings of quick eats, but every country have their versions of quick eats. You have the traditional fish n chips in england, kebabs, falafel, chinese fast food, german brats. I mean sure, we have all the chain stores, but doesnt mean theyre good places to eat, just means theyre open everywhere. As for me, personally id rather eat at a non-chain fast food place if im eating that type of food, as they tend to be by far the best fast food.


28 posted on 07/04/2011 1:49:03 PM PDT by hannibaal
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To: trumandogz

Go to Fogo de Chao once and you will never go to Morton’s again.


29 posted on 07/04/2011 1:49:42 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Apparently not as many people are thinking Arby’s as the commercials claimed; the Wendy’s/Arby’s group is diverging, so that the company can focus on their namesake brand (Wendy’s). First step: Enough of the damned sea-salt french fries.

Wendy's made a considerable improvement with their fries. Before they tasted like the OreIda fries that you left in the back of your freezer for three years and then decided to try to cook them anyway. Not so much nasty as tasting of fried cardboard. Now they are half way decent.

30 posted on 07/04/2011 1:51:40 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! Tea Party extremism is a badge of honor.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I never liked Lenny’s.


31 posted on 07/04/2011 1:52:05 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I like Wendy’s new fries...


32 posted on 07/04/2011 1:52:27 PM PDT by RockinRight (If we're "teabaggers" then they're "d-baggers.")
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To: sinanju

Cincinnati...I hate them!


33 posted on 07/04/2011 1:52:38 PM PDT by Krodg
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To: pietraynor

The only problem with that Red Robin is that you have to go to Patriot Place.

I’ve been there about 10 times and hated every minute of it. (I went because others wanted to see it}


34 posted on 07/04/2011 1:52:50 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Venturer

Been following presidential politics since 1956...never seen anything like the media hit on Palin. Libs appear terrified of a beautiful, successful, married with kids, conservative woman.

Just terrified. Oh my, how they hate her.


35 posted on 07/04/2011 1:54:51 PM PDT by kjo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We live in a backward world when we get our information from a web site called Pop Blend.


36 posted on 07/04/2011 1:57:19 PM PDT by BealNoortz
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To: Venturer
What I took away from this is that the writer is too stupid or lazy to cook himself a decent meal. Or maybe his mother just hated him and loaded him up with junk food every day, because Sarah Palin fed her own kids organic and hormone-free meat. Sarah loves her kids, unlike some mothers of jerk writers.

(Save your cheapest shots for those who lob them.)

I regard a little junk food as an indulgence for a little celebration, not a steady diet. My current favorite fast food burger is the Little Thickburger from Hardee's--I order no cheese, no catsup and easy on the mayo. This smaller burger is just right for your burger attack, and they put plenty of lettuce and tomato.

37 posted on 07/04/2011 1:57:57 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: ChocChipCookie

Yes...Wendy’s is way too expensive for what you get.


38 posted on 07/04/2011 1:57:57 PM PDT by kjo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Interesting read to look at minimum investment for various franchises.

Subway/Blimpies at about $80k,..McDonalds at $200k,...KFC at $360k,...Jack in the Box at over $1.1mil.

http://www.franchisegenius.com/search.php?page=10&z_sortby=&sortdir=ASC


39 posted on 07/04/2011 1:58:39 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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“Our family stopped at a Wendy’s yesterday and the tab came to $31! We would have spent about the same at a much nicer sit-down restaurant.”

Yea - their whole segment of the restaurant business is going to get squeezed out. We’ll wind up like much of Europe, with some very efficient fast-food places that Americans will use when they feel like splurging once a month or so, and some very upscale restaurants for the Chinese to eat at, when they visit.


40 posted on 07/04/2011 1:58:56 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: TheConservativeParty

“But to the author, I will say:

Resistance is futile!
Prepare to be liberated!”

How about changing the last sentence to: “Prepare to be conserved”.


41 posted on 07/04/2011 2:00:25 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles, Kill the EPA!!!)
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To: jospehm20

Todd Palin must be one hell of a man!

(swoon)


42 posted on 07/04/2011 2:01:36 PM PDT by Rytas
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey, that’s socialism in action.

Don’t like it?

Take it up with Premier Hussein.


43 posted on 07/04/2011 2:02:21 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ha! Thanks for this "informed" piece from Jacob Sundstrom. It's interesting that in your linked article, Jacob's bio further links to his facebook page, where he identifies himself thusly...

Jake Sundstrom
Attractions Host at Disneyland

Now I'm not calling Jake a bit shallow in the experience department when he is observing popular trends, but Jake might want to get out of the leftburbs for just a minute or two.

44 posted on 07/04/2011 2:03:34 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Granite City is about the best of that bunch.


45 posted on 07/04/2011 2:05:17 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: kjo

Yes...Wendy’s is way too expensive for what you get.


Stay in the value menu and its not to bad. I bring my own drink, and hit the drive thru. I eat pretty good for 3.50.

Not out on the road near as much as I use to. So likely won’t be making that stop any more (plus the wallet screams “he!! no” now)


46 posted on 07/04/2011 2:06:04 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: Venturer
The leftist MSM can't help themselves. Why in the world does Sarah Palin have any business in a story about restaurants possibly going under? Sick.

I'd love to see the nationwide opening of 'Sarah's Caribou Burgers'. I'd buy a lot of them!

47 posted on 07/04/2011 2:08:53 PM PDT by JPG (Elect Sarah Palin in '12. America won't get another chance.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Seriously, charge me fifteen dollars for a burger without smiling? Screw you, bro.

Dude's paying 15 bucks for a burger at Red Robin? Where is he? On the moon?

He's probably upset they don't give him enough crayons to solve the placemat maze.

48 posted on 07/04/2011 2:22:38 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Cvengr
Subway/Blimpies at about $80k,..McDonalds at $200k,...KFC at $360k,...Jack in the Box at over $1.1mil

We have Subways popping up like zits on a teenager around here. Lots of them doubling up with gas stations/convenience stores.

I like Subway, but there's just something about the heavy smell of the breads that permeate every inch of the place. And some of their breads don't smell all that great.

49 posted on 07/04/2011 2:25:20 PM PDT by digger48
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To: ChocChipCookie

5 Guys is about the same cost as Wendy’s...and 100X better.


50 posted on 07/04/2011 2:26:19 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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