Mary Avant

It's Hiring Time

Summer hiring outlook strong for quick-service operators.

Quick service restaurants hire summer workers for popular seasonal job.
Fast casual Slim Chickens sees a lot of transition in its employee base in the summer, as many of its workers are college students.

On the heels of the latest jobs report, which revealed that restaurants added more than 30,000 jobs in March—the 49th consecutive month of growth for the industry—limited-service operators are well positioned for the incoming summer season.

Mobile Goes Mainstream

McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s all experimenting with mobile payments.

Quick service restaurants roll out smart phone app payment options for customers
Wendy's is expanding its mobile payment options to more U.S. markets throughout 2014.

In the post-recession economy, major quick-service players are still struggling to find new ways to drive traffic and capture the attention and loyalty of the all-important Millennial consumer.

Now some of the biggest brands in the business, including McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King, think they’ve found the way to do it: mobile payments.

The Cost of Higher Wages

Proposed minimum wage increases have operators worried about labor costs.

Proposed minimum wage increases have operators worried about labor costs.
Proposed minimum wage increases could mean lower employee turnover but also lower job creation. CKE

Brands and operators in the quick-service industry are not looking forward to proposed minimum wage increases that are being seriously considered by states, local municipalities, and the federal government, especially following President Obama’s most recent State of the Union address.

After encouraging Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 in 2013, the President expressed interest in increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10, though some cities and states are being pressured to increase to as much as $15.

Feeding the Frenzy

Sophisticated palates and a demand for local goods change the game for live-event foodservice providers.

Fast food options at sports stadiums like MetLife feature innovative menu items.
Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New York City will feature innovative foodservice options, like this noodle and dumpling stand.

With chicken wings, nachos, and pizza at the ready, more than 100 million fans will be piling into homes, restaurants, and bars across the country to watch the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks battle it out in Super Bowl XLVIII.

A Global Game-Changer

Since the days when fliers, posters, and billboards ruled the marketing world, brands have searched high and low for the newest, smartest, and easiest ways to connect consumers with their products. And for several years, sports marketing has provided quick-service concepts the ability to reach a widespread audience while investing in something consumers are passionate about.

Philly’s Big Comeback

Cheesesteak chain Wit or Witout finds new ownership, launches franchising program.

Cheese steak fast food chain to grow through new franchising program.
Wit or Witout was named home of Philadelphia’s best cheesesteak by Food Network star Guy Fieri.

Philly cheesesteak competition may be fierce in the City of Brotherly Love, but one budding concept is ready to rise above the rest and bring Philadelphia’s world-famous product to the masses.

Wit or Witout—as in, “You want that ‘wit’ or ‘witout’ onions?”—is a two-unit, Philadelphia-based cheesesteak concept founded in 2009 by Nicole DiZio, the wife of Philly Soft Pretzel Factory creator Dan DiZio. The brand spent several years under the DiZios’ ownership before being purchased by veteran restaurateur Tony Altomare in March 2013.

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