Reading the Tea Leaves

For most American restaurants, tea had become something of an afterthought among nonalcoholic beverages.

Sure, tea is the world’s No. 2 beverage, second only to water. But as quick-service and fast-casual eateries focused on the expanding number of carbonated drinks and growing interest in coffee mixtures, tea was seen as a boring, necessary part of the menu.

Subway Praises its 2011 Development Agent of the Year

The Subway restaurant chain is proud to announce that it named Bob Grewal of Orange County, California, as the recipient of its 2011 Development Agent of the Year award for the chain’s Pacific region, during the company’s recent convention in San Francisco.

Chiefly responsible for building and managing a geographical territory for the restaurant chain, Subway Development Agents, known as DAs, provide local franchisees with the necessary support and expertise to help them launch and run a successful business.

New Subway Concept Debuts in California

Subway Restaurants opened its first California new-concept eatery, called Subway Café, in the historic Gaslamp quarter of San Diego on September 9.

Raghu and Rohit Marwaha, owners of the new Subway Café in San Diego, say the downtown store, located at 1111 6th Ave in San Diego, has far exceeded sales projections since its opening last month. Raghu and Rohit Marwaha are also opening a second Subway Café at 440 W. Washington Street in Mission Hills on November 16.

Subway Tees Off for Diabetes, Raises $300K

The staff of McLean, Virginia-based Subway Development Corporation of Washington (SDC), takes great pride in reaching goals, hitting milestones, and giving back to its communities. As members of the Subway Team, charity plays a big role in the culture of the world’s largest restaurant chain.  

Held at the Lansdowne Golf Resort in Leesburg, Virginia, SDC recently hosted its 14th annual Charity Golf Tournament, with proceeds benefiting the American Diabetes Association.

United Capital Refinances Multi-Unit Subway Operator

United Capital Business Lending, a subsidiary of BankUnited, announced today that it is providing $1,350,000 in financing to Subwayowner, CCreations LLC. United Capital refinanced eight existing stores for the Indiana-based franchisee, and will also provide funding to relocate and remodel some newly acquired locations. CCreations LLC operates more than 30 Subway restaurants in Indiana and Kentucky.

McD’s Loses Popularity to Subway

The results of Zagat’s annual fast food survey are in, including Best Burger, Best Coffee.

With the 63rd annual Emmys slated for Sunday, it seems appropriate that the quick-serve industry also celebrate its top awards—from Zagat.  

This year’s results of the National Fast Food Restaurant Survey showed that several quick-serve categories are becoming increasingly competitive and that nutrition is more on the minds of consumers.

Fast Food Still Gets the Love on Social Media

Despite the negative headlines that the fast food industry tends to generate, a new report shows that the vast majority of opinions about the industry on social media are positive.

A new study by New York City–based research firm Amplicate, “Public Opinion on Fast Food Chains in the U.S. on Social Media,” shows that 70 percent of all opinions posted about the industry on social media in the last year were positive.

Juan Alvarez, CEO of Amplicate, says his firm used a complex system to gather information across Twitter and Facebook about consumer sentiment.