Arby’s, Bareburger, Così Connect with PunchTab

PunchTab, the omni-channel loyalty and engagement platform, announced that Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc., Bareburger, and Così, have adopted PunchTab’s technology, and are benefitting by offering rewards to customers across multiple channels. In fact, research shows customers are 2.5 times more likely to buy when engaged on multiple channels.

Così Hits the Streets for Fall Campaign

Così Inc.—the fast-casual restaurant chain with more than 100 restaurants in 16 states, the District of Columbia, Costa Rica and the United Arab Emirates—announced its partnership with digital engagement leader ePrize to launch "Fall Into Così," a digital sweepstakes designed to engage consumers and drive traffic to Così restaurant locations. The campaign culminates in a grand prize drawing for a trip to Paris and rewards entrants with a chance to win one of 1,000 $5 Così gift cards.

In the Know

Many women who reach the upper ranks of foodservice leadership owe much of their progress to supporters who have advocated for them over the years. And as more women strive to advance in the industry, they’re finding that these supporters—what the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) calls sponsors—and all they have to offer may be key to success.

Così Pop-Up in Chicago to Test New Menu Items

Così Inc., the fast-casual restaurant company, announced another step in its strategic effort to enhance its brand and image. Tapping into a popular restaurant trend, Cosi redesigned its South Michigan Avenue downtown Chicago space in a matter of three days and reopened in a fun, energetic, pop-up style. The 4,000-square-foot eatery is testing newer thoughts on creative and innovative ideas for lunch and dinner, as well as preparing for next-stage developments throughout the chain.

No Fizz, No Problem

There’s nothing quite as revitalizing as a cold drink on a hot summer afternoon. These days, however, restaurant guests are looking for more than just refreshment from their cold beverages. They are seeking fewer calories, healthful options, or, perhaps, a jolt of energy.

Cold beverages, particularly carbonated ones, have been part and parcel of quick-service restaurants from the time the first units opened. Coca-Cola, for instance, has been served at White Castle since 1921, the year the business began.

SecureConnect Serves Up Security at Burger King, Cosi

C.R. Restaurant, Inc., a multi-unit franchisee in the quick-serve and fast-casual market, has implemented SecureConnect managed security solutions in all 30 of its Burger King and Così locations.

The services provide all locations with a robust PCI compliance offering including managed network security, secure customer Wi-Fi access, and an online PCI training module to train all employees on proper credit card handling procedures.  

Brinker President Chosen as New Cosi CEO

Fast-casual sandwich concept Così, Inc. (NASDAQ: COSI) hired Carin L. Stutz as the company’s new CEO and president beginning January 1. She also will join the Così Board of Directors.

“Carin is a proven leader with deep operational, marketing and business development experience,” says Michael O’Donnell, CEO of Ruth’s Hospitality Group and a member of the Così board and search committee.