Corner Bakery Cafe

Fruit Blooms on Menus

As consumers increasingly seek healthy, great-tasting food, it seems that more chefs and restaurant operators are looking to fruit as a perfect ingredient for menu items.

The health benefits are obvious. Most fruit is low in fat, sodium, and calories; full of vitamins and minerals; and has no cholesterol. It also provides natural sweetness.

Fruit has been part of limited-service restaurants’ menus for decades, mostly in desserts or in beverages like orange juice or strawberry milkshakes. Now it’s expanding.

Applebee’s Operator Relies On Hiring Solution JobApp

Newtown, Pennsylvania-based restaurant operator, The Rose Group, a 59-unit Applebee's and four-unit Corner Bakery Café franchisee, has selected JobApp Network as its automated hiring solution to improve restaurant hiring, manage compliance, and maximize employee tax credits.

Including the Rose Group, nearly 150 Applebee's units are currently utilizing the complete end-to-end hiring solution provided by JobApp, based in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Corner Bakery Café Expands Throughout NY

The swiftly growing fast-casual concept, Corner Bakery Cafe, extends its reach into the Northeast with two newly announced franchise agreements that will bring 15 new bakery cafe locations to the state of New York in the next six years. Franchisee and operating partner Fran DeSimone has aggressive plans to simultaneously develop the greater markets of Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse, complementing Corner Bakery Cafe’s current accelerated pace of growth in key regions throughout the country.

Some ‘LiveWell’ While Most Wait

McDonald’s is absent from the NRA’s “Kids LiveWell” initiative, but members are confident the program will still boost their kids’ menus.

Restaurant brands participating in the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) recently announced “Kids LiveWell” initiative are confident that the health-infused measure will help boost their kids’ offerings, business, and profile. But most quick-service brands remain in wait-and-see mode.

BK Backs New National Kids Meal Program

It wasn’t Bring Your Child to Work Day, but that’s certainly what it felt like at the launch of the National Restaurant Association’s new healthy kids menu initiative “Kids LiveWell” in Washington, D.C., today.

Children and parents filled the room at the National Press Club, enjoying the new menu items introduced as part of the initiative.

Not Just a Salad: Corner Bakery Introduces Cobb Sandwich

Fast-casual restaurant Corner Bakery Cafe introduced a new sandwich, the Smoked Turkey Cobb, to its diverse lineup of handcrafted sandwiches and panini.

“We all know the familiar and well-balanced flavors of the Cobb salad, and with our strong bakery heritage, we just can’t help but put such flavorful ingredients on a delicious bread,” says Ric Scicchitano, senior vice president of food and beverage. “The traditional Cobb salad has many distinct tastes, and we needed special bread that would stand up to those big flavors while bringing its own unique taste to the party.”

Trickle-Down Theory

There was a time when the only place you could find Black Angus beef on a menu was at some of the nation’s finest steakhouses. But these days, Angus burgers are served at McDonald’s, Back Yard Burgers, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, and Smashburger and are just one of many fine-dining menu items, ingredients, and techniques that were adopted by quick-service and fast-casual restaurants over the last decade.

Corner Bakery, Protector of New Year's Resolutions

After the indulgent feasts and high-calorie splurges of the holidays, it's no surprise that "go on a strict diet" tops many New Year’s resolution lists. But while 62 percent of consumers say they plan to eat more healthfully in 2011, many complain about the taste of healthier food, according to a recent Mintel Research report. Making healthful eating easier year-round, Corner Bakery Cafe introduced an extended “100 Under 600” program featuring more than 100 different combinations of signature sandwiches, toasty panini, hand-tossed salads, or homemade soups, all under 600 calories.

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