The trends that once favored fast casual chains like Chipotle are slowly shifting back to the fast food and casual dining sectors. The swing has favored big names like McDonald's and Buffalo Wild Wings that have seen consistent growth after pushing out strategic, system-wide changes over the past two years.
But for those not named Chipotle, fast casual operators haven't had it all that bad. In fact, Panera is coming off a superb first quarter that proved growth wasn't a foreign concept.
Tuesday's results from Panera, McDonald's and Buffalo Wild Wings highlight each category of the restaurant industry but also paint a clearer picture of the state of consumer spending. McDonald's kicks things off with its second-quarter results in the morning, followed by Panera and Buffalo Wild Wings in the afternoon.
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