Principal at Pacific Management Consulting Group, Restaurant Analyst and Management Consultant

John A. Gordon is Principal and Founder of Pacific Management Consulting Group, an independent restaurant analyst providing research and niche earnings analysis, management consulting and advisory expertise to those who need to know ... more


McDonald’s Franchisee Economic Conditions: It’s Complicated
Last week, a wave of complaints emerged in the US McDonald franchisee community when the franchisor notified franchisees that a series of new fees and subsidy cuts would be initiated in 2021
Restaurant Delivery And Meatless Initiatives: Is It Really Incremental?
In the restaurant space, delivery and "meatless" consumer demand and restaurant initiatives are making for much "numbers noise". The investor must discern what the numbers really mean, and what is really incremental and to whom.
Restaurants: What Has To Be Fixed In 2019?
Restaurants continue to be a tough business: you build the box and hope that they will come, and you hope to offer the right kitchen replacement/entertainment factors. Three organizational, people and strategic issues must be fixed in 2019.
Why Is Restaurant CapEx Spending Assistance To Franchisees On The Upswing?
The recent press about McDonald's US same store sales and remodeling conditions reinforced why the "asset light model" should not be too asset light. In short, it takes money to make money.
Implication From Zoe's (ZOES) Acquisition
Zoes (ZOES) was acquired Friday by Cava, a smaller Mediterranean concept, and partners, for 33% over Thursday's closing price. This transaction calls out several factors present now in the restaurant space.
Restaurants And Weather: Is It A "Dog Ate My Homework" Excuse?
We hear it all the time on retailer and restaurant earnings calls: the weather hurt. Is it an excuse? They never mention if the weather was too good. One rule does not fit all; brand by brand thinking on weather is required.


ARCO Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc.
BBY Best Buy Co.
BH Biglari Holdings Inc.
BJRI BJ's Restaurants Inc.
BKS Barnes & Noble Inc
BLMN Bloomin' Brands, Inc.
BNHN Benihana Inc.
BOBE Bob Evans Farms Inc.
BWLD Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.
CAKE The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated
CBRL Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.
CMG Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.
DAVE Famous Dave's of America, Inc.
DENN Denny's Corporation
DIN Dine Brands Global
DNKN Dunkin' Brands Group Inc.
DPZ Domino's Pizza Inc.
DRI Darden Restaurants Inc.
EAT Brinker International Inc.
FOGO Fogo de Chao
FRGI Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc
FRSH Freshworks, Inc.
HABT The Habit Restaurants
JACK Jack In The Box Inc.
JMBA Jamba Inc.
LOCO El Pollo Loco
MCD McDonald's Corporation
MDLZ Mondelez International, Inc.
MSSR McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants Inc.
NDLS Noodles & Company
PBPB Potbelly Corporation
PETM PetSmart Inc
PFCB P.F.Chang's China Bistro Inc.
PLKI Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.
PNRA Panera (taken private mid-2017)
PZZA Papa John'S International Inc.
QSR Restaurant Brands International Inc.
RRGB Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc.
RT Ruby Tuesday Inc.
RUTH Ruth's Hospitality Group Inc.
SBUX Starbucks Corporation
SHAK Shake Shack
SONC Sonic Corp.
TXRH Texas Roadhouse Inc.
WEN Wendy's Company, The
YUM YUM! Brands Inc.
ZOES Zoe's Kitchen
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Work Experience

Pacific Management Consulting Group
2003 - Present (20 years 5 months)

Independent chain restaurant analyst. With a complex analysis and litigation project engagement focus, we are non-consensus, buy side in orientation; we provide deep dive due diligence and complex situation analysis relative to restaurants.

Senior Associate
Booz Allen Hamilton
September 2000 - September 2002 (2 years 1 month)

Worldwide premier Management and Technology Consulting firm, Economic Analysis

Director of Finance
Navy MWR Division
January 1996 - January 2000 (4 years 1 month)

Responsible for all aspects of financial management, including financial planning and analysis, operational budgeting, treasury and investments, field and HQ accounting, and capital budgeting, for 140 plus field entities throughout the world. Worldwide franchisor and franchisee of diverse food service and other lines of business.


Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
1975 / 1982