The Wall Street Transcript Publishes CEO Interviews

                     in Restaurant Industry Issue  NEW YORK, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Three leading analysts and top management from ten Major Restaurant Industry firms examine the Restaurant Industry sector in the latest issue of The Wall Street Transcript (212-952-7433) or http://www.twst.com/info24.htm  In a vital review of this sector for investors and industry professionals, this valuable 71-page report features:  1)  Ten extensive CEO Interviews (average 2,500 words) with top management from the following sector firms discussing their future plans and outlook for their firm and the Restaurant Industry sector:  Applebee's International (Nasdaq: APPB), a leading restaurant company specializing in casual dining, is experiencing a "sea change" in its core strategy.  With the market started to mature, rather than focusing on distribution and on opening new restaurants, "We are now focused on same-store sales", declares Lloyd Hill, CEO and President.  After three very heavy years of losses, Bruce Galloway, CEO of Arthur Treacher's Inc., (OTC Bulletin Board: ATCH), which operates and franchises quick service seafood restaurants, plans to be in the licensing business and focus more on the company's brand.  "We could earn several million dollars down the road just in licensing fees. The beautiful thing about licensing and franchise fees and royalties is, it goes right to the bottom line."  CFO Heiko Piossek of Berentzen-Gruppe AG, a national spirits company in Germany, discusses the failure of the company's "alcopops" product and their reaction by "mounting a dramatic restructuring of the whole company", including the production rationalization, the reduction of the number of production line, and the outsourcing of their whole logistics operations.  Eateries Inc.(Nasdaq: EATS), a casual theme dinner house restaurant, has recovered well from the problem of a vendor shipping contaminated product to a restaurant division, and CEO Vincent F. Orza now has great expectations of a better year ahead, "We know that there'll be some consolidation of G&A and other costs that will fall through as income."  CEO Craig Maier of Frisch's Restaurants Inc. (Amex: FRX), a well-known midwestern operator of Big Boy restaurants, has paid "an excellent dividend which has grown two times in the last two years".  He is proud of the 50-year track record of success, and according to him, "investors can expect stability, sound growth prospects, and a healthy dividend rate."  As the largest franchisee of T.G.I.Friday's, Main Street & Main (Nasdaq: MAIN) has been very successful "in finding good new locations", and is going "to provide substantial additional revenues and substantial profitability", declares CEO Bart Brown.  New World Coffee-Manhattan Bagel (Nasdaq: NWCI) CEO Ramin Kamfar, reports the company is the number one franchised chain and also profitable," Unlike our competitors, we're vertically integrated on both the coffee, and bagel sides with plants that enable us to supply to whole country."  P.F. Chang's China Bistro (Nasdaq: PFCB), a chain of restaurants featuring Chinese cuisine, intends not only to attack new markets, but also to develop restaurants where the company's unit capacity is exceeded by the demand.  "The biggest competitive advantage is that we offer an upper end casual dining experience with a very specific cuisine that you can't get in other places," declares CEO Rick Frederico.  Mark Campbell, CEO of Soul Food Concepts Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SLFD) , sees a niche that has tremendous upside in the "soul food" genre i.e. southern American, Carribean, and Spanish food. "We want to stay true to our cuisine and dining, but there are preconceived notions we want to change: Soul Food is healthy food."  According to Steven Johnson, CEO of Total Entertainment Restaurant Corp. (Nasdaq: TENT), after the company doubled in size, now has a critical mass as a sizeable company.  He declares, "We have what we call the 'five legs' of our business, which we think position us very well in the marketplace to have a thriving business."  2)  The TWST confidential Off-The-Record survey of management performance at 20 Restaurant Industry firms asked market insiders about the ability of management teams to create shareholder value by successfully promoting their firm's growth and effectively handling labor issues.  For a free interview excerpt in which Howard Schultz, Chairman & CEO of Starbucks is called "one of the best CEOs," see http://archive.twst.com/notes/articles/jae700.html  3)  Investing in Restaurant Industry - In an in-depth Analyst Roundtable (14,200 words), Damon Brundage, Vice President of Equity Research with J.P. Morgan Securities, Janice Meyer, Vice President and Senior Restaurant Analyst with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Paul Westra, Equity Research Analyst with Credit Suisse First Boston examine investor concerns with a minimum wage increase, slowdown in comps, overcapacity, vulnerable sectors, industry consolidation, overseas markets, the outlook for the sector and specific stock recommendations.  For a free brief interview excerpt in which Meyer explains why she likes P.F. Chang's, see http://archive.twst.com/notes/articles/jae480.html  The panel goes on to offer recommendation about which sector stocks are most likely to reward investors.  To obtain a copy of this insightful 71-page report, see http://www.twst.com/info24.htm  or call 212-952-7433.  This special section is also included in CONSUMER Sector of TWST Online at http://www.twst.com/subscribe/consum.html  The Wall Street Transcript is a premier weekly investment publication interviewing market professionals for serious investors for over 35 years. Available at http://www.twst.com TWST Online provides hundreds of free interview excerpts from analysts, money managers and CEOs from every sector of the markets.  For highlights, recent recommendations by analysts and money managers and business news, visit http://www.twst.com/newspage.html  Do a free search of the extensive TWST Archives at http://archive.twst.com/  The Wall Street Transcript does not endorse the views of any interviewee nor does it make stock recommendations.    SOURCE  The Wall Street Transcript         
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