Articles from the August 2011 issue

Chicken wings are a popular snack food for restaurants.

Take a hint from across the pond and tap into America’s growing love for pub foods.

Fries are a popular side or snack at restaurants, and there is room to innovate.

Quick serves are in position to satisfy nibbling consumers.

Catering to minor league and college sports teams is a good way to build sales.

With a little groundwork, quick serves can boost business by feeding minor-league and collegiate sports teams.

In just one year, Five Guys catapulted 12 spots on the QSR 50, from No. 42 in 2010 to No. 30 this year.

After decades of growth, the recession halted No. 10 Sonic’s long-lasting positive vibes. Today, CEO Clifford Hudson says momentum is back on the drive-in chain’s side.

Brands No. 51-65 are fast-rising quick-service and fast-casual companies that just missed the QSR 50.

The top quick-serve and fast-casual brands in the nation.

Tart cherries give operators an easy access to super-fruit foods.

The top quick-serve and fast-casual brands in the nation.

The top quick-serve and fast-casual brands in the nation.

This year's biggest brands, boldest moves, and top burgeoning brands all in one place! 

The top quick-serve and fast-casual brands in the nation.

The top quick-serve and fast-casual brands in the nation.

The top quick-serve and fast-casual brands in the nation.

The top quick-serve and fast-casual brands in the nation.

The top quick-serve and fast-casual brands in the nation.

Seeking accompaniments and snacks that add real value.

Establishing a great relationship between a CEO and the board of directors can promote long-term success.

The top quick-serve and fast-casual brands in the nation.

From frat house to budding franchise, find out how Wing Zone grew into a $40 million company.

The top quick-serve and fast-casual segments in the nation.

Check out this growing retro burger concept.

The top quick-serve and fast-casual brands in the nation.

Paul Wilke of Toppers Pizza discusses the advantages of partnering with a university for events.

The top quick-serve and fast-casual brands in the nation.

From big restaurant companies to small, a strong corporate culture attracts customers, engages employees, and enables better decision-making.

The top quick-serve and fast-casual brands in the nation.

Business incubators can help entrepreneurs establish their fledgling ideas and concepts.

The top quick-serve and fast-casual brands in the nation.

Small Business Administration loans can help quick-serve operators get the financing they need to open a new store, but the process isn’t easy.

The top quick-serve and fast-casual brands in the nation.

Nanotechnology could reshape the food and packaging industries, but will quick serves get on board?

The top quick-serve and fast-casual brands in the nation.

Could the American economy thrive without quick serves in the mix? Well, no.

The Atlanta-based chain is serving up better food and a new design to its consumers at home and abroad.