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The Health Paradox
Customers say they want healthy, but think healthy is synonymous with tasteless. What is an operator to do?
The Lighter Side
Burger brands put marketing twist on healthier items.
Inside Roark Capital
How a young private equity firm came to own 16 restaurant brands with $11 billion in systemwide sales.
Study shows softer lighting, music contribute to healthier dining habits.
The New Norm
The Great Recession changed the financing landscape forever. Operators, though, are using the change to their advantage.
Time to Jump on the Bandwagon?
It’s smart to follow industry trends, but don’t forget to add your own touch.
The Case for Humane
Humanely raised foods are in higher demand than even local and organic ingredients. Quick serves have a big opportunity to answer the cry from consumers.
What Happened to Table Service?
The recession served casual-dining chains some serious blows. But quick serves and fast casuals shouldn’t get too confident.
Even without the white tablecloths, quick-serve brands are beginning to rival fine-dining establishments.
A Super-Sized Dilemma
Fast food customers love big portion sizes, but with nutrition and obesity under more public scrutiny, quick serves are left to decide whether to listen to their customers or to their critics.
Carl's Jr.'s and Hardee's Web Sites Go 3D
Online visitors to the Carl's Jr.'s and Hardee's Web sites can now explore and interact on the Web in 3D.
And the Newest Thickburger Is...
Move over Monster Burger! Hardee's expands its Thickburger menu with an offering the company calls its most decadent yet.
Largest Hardee's Franchisee Tests Self-Service Kiosks
Boddie-Noell Enterprises has partnered with EMN8 to test self-service kiosks in a three-store pilot.
Hardee's Buys Naming Rights to Summit Center
The newly renamed 'Hardee's Iceplex' will feature the first privately-funded S.A.R.A.A. alert display in the St. Louis Area...
CKE Settles Food Safety Concerns
In response to questions from customers and investors, CKE announced that it has not purchased meat from the recalled brands.
Hardee's Brings Back the Jalapeño Thickburger
The company is bringing back the popular menu item because consumers have been e-mailing the fast-food chain to request its return.
New Beverage Agreement for CKE
Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages will have two fountain brands available in all U.S. Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants, including Dr Pepper and either Diet Dr Pepper or Squirt, depending on location.
Hardee's Adds Smoked Sausage to Morning Menu
The premium Hillshire Farm link sausage biscuit gained such a following in past years that customer demand led Hardee's to bring it back for a limited time.
CKE and Coke Sign Multi-Year Beverage Agreement
Parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, CKE renews its beverage contract with the soft drink provider.
Hardee's Debuts Bacon Cheddar Fries
The new menu item was developed following the popularity of their recently introduced Natural Cut Fries.
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