1. Description of Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (Continued)
Leasehold Improvements, Property and Equipment
Leasehold improvements, property and equipment are stated at cost. Internal costs clearly associated with the acquisition, development and construction of a
restaurant are capitalized. Expenditures for major renewals and improvements are capitalized while expenditures for minor replacements, maintenance and repairs are expensed as incurred. Depreciation
is calculated using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets. Leasehold improvements are amortized over the shorter of the lease term, which generally
includes reasonably assured option periods, or the estimated useful lives of the assets. Upon retirement or disposal of assets, the accounts are relieved of cost and accumulated depreciation and the
related gain or loss is reflected in earnings.
estimated useful lives are:
|Leasehold improvements and buildings
|Furniture and fixtures
Goodwill represents the excess of cost over fair value of net assets of the business acquired. Goodwill resulted from McDonald's purchases of the Company.
Goodwill determined to have an indefinite life is not subject to amortization, but instead is tested for impairment at least annually in accordance with the provision of Statement of
Financial Accounting Standard (SFAS) No. 142, Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets (SFAS 142). In accordance with SFAS 142, the
Company is required to make any necessary impairment adjustments. Impairment is measured as the excess of the carrying value over the fair value of the goodwill. Based on the Company's analysis, no
impairment charges were recognized for the periods ended December 31, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Other assets consist primarily of transferable liquor licenses which are carried at the lower of fair value or cost.
Impairment of Long-Lived Assets
In accordance with SFAS No. 144, Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived
Assets, long-lived assets are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be
recoverable. Recoverability of assets to be held and used is measured by a comparison of the carrying amount of an asset to the estimated undiscounted future cash flows expected to be generated by the
asset. If the carrying amount of an asset exceeds its estimated future cash flows, an impairment charge is recognized as the amount by which the carrying amount of the asset exceeds the fair value of
the asset. Based on the Company's analysis, no impairment charges were recognized for the periods ended December 31, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Fair Value of Financial Instruments
The carrying value of the Company's financial assets and liabilities, because of their short-term nature, approximates fair value.