Danielle Beurteaux

Summer Hiring Race Is On

Operators are hiring early to secure top-level talent.

The heat is already on for summer seasonal hiring, as quick-serve managers are hiring summer help earlier in the year to have their pick of top-shelf applicants.

Snagajob, a Richmond, Virginia–based hourly employment network, released its annual summer job survey in March. The report found that 23 percent of summer positions will be filled by the end of April, while 79 percent will be filled by the end of May.

Brands Get Behind Autism Awareness

Quick serves roll out promotions for Autism Awareness Month.

For the month of April, fast-casual restaurant Carino’s website is blue instead of the normal yellow, and if visitors click on the “Why Blue?” tab in the upper right-hand corner, they’ll find out why: the company is helping raise awareness about autism.

That’s because April is Autism Awareness Month, and quick-service and fast-casual restaurants are doing their part to help the cause.

A Time to Innovate

Lenten season offers quick serves opportunity to test new dishes with customers.

Lent is a boon for business at seafood restaurants as Catholic customers look for nonmeat options for Friday dining. But for quick-service restaurants with core menu items that are primarily red meats, Lent can be a challenge.

Some quick serves, however, are starting to see the season—between February 22 and April 5 this year—as an opportunity to innovate their menus.

Steak ‘n Shake Hits Broadway

Company introduces new prototype in its Big Apple debut.

Steak ‘n Shake opened its first New York City restaurant on January 12, and the chain used the opportunity to debut its new Steak ‘n Shake Signature counter-service prototype.

The new design is a leaner outfit that does away with the all-night schedule, some menu items, and table service. Customers will instead find a small, 22-seat, counter-service-only Steak ‘n Shake that offers a new organic beef hamburger, a high-tech drink machine, hand-cut fries, and beer and wine.