Branding, Leasing Woes Tip Dining Chains Toward Ch. 11

By Natalie Rodriguez (March 11, 2014, 7:14 PM EDT) -- Sbarro Holdings LLC's return to bankruptcy this week underscores the leasing troubles and brand battles many established restaurant chains are facing in the current economic climate — spotlighting the fact that companies need to make smarter deals to stay ahead of the competition and out of Chapter 11, experts say.

With Sbarro and F&H Acquisition Corp. — the parent to two sports bar chains — having already checked into bankruptcy and others like Quiznos expected to soon follow, experts say a wave of Chapter 11's may just be building up. And the trend puts a new emphasis on the importance of restaurants making smart...

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