Increased consumer spending and foot traffic boost expectations Scottsdale, AZ  (RestaurantNews.com)  The American restaurant industry is starting to simmer. Consumers are spending more on meals, and foot traffic at establishments is improving, albeit from a diminished base, according to the…

GE Capital, Franchise Finance recently provided a $20 million credit facility to Brentwood Associates’ portfolio company Zoe’s Kitchen USA, LLC. Part of the funding was provided through GE Capital’s bank affiliate, GE Capital Financial Inc. “GE Capital offers private equity…

GE Capital, Franchise Finance recently provided GC Partners, Inc., a Golden Corral franchisee, with an $18.5 million credit facility for store remodeling, new unit development, and debt refinancing. Part of the funding was provided through GE Capital’s bank affiliate, GE…

Chili’s has been working on spicing up their brand with restaurant renovations, new menu items and the return of the $20 Dinner for Two deal. A new ad campaign made by Hill Holliday features humorous voice-overs mixed with footage of…

GE Capital, Franchise Finance recently provided Blue Ribbon BBQ, LLC, a Famous Dave’s of America franchisee, $9 million for refinancing of existing debt and a partner buyout. Funding was provided through GE Capital’s bank affiliate, GE Capital Financial Inc. “GE…

GE Capital, Franchise Finance provided $13.2 million to J&D Restaurant Group, Inc. for the purchase of 37 Jack in the Box units throughout Central and East Texas. Funding was provided through GE Capital’s bank affiliate, GE Capital Financial Inc. “Our…

New research conducted by Technomic shows that the burger sensation is on the rise again. In 2009 just 38 percent of consumers reported eating a burger at least once a week. Now just three years later that number has risen…

If you don’t mind going out in public dressed as a black and white spotted cow you can net yourself a free meal. July 8th will be the next national promotion day where Chick-fil-A awards visitors dressed as cows with…