Taco Bell

R&R Ventures Refinances Its Taco Bell Business

The Cypress Group acted as the exclusive advisor to R & R Ventures in the refinancing of its Taco Bell Restaurants and the acquisition of corporate Taco Bell Restaurants in Northern Virginia. R & R is owned by Robert Calucci, a 20-year veteran of the Taco Bell system. Cypress represented R & R in identifying the opportunity for the financing, conducting a competitive process, structuring the transaction, and managing the closing.

Fall Spurs Brands Into Action in Fight Against Hunger

Amy Kavanaugh meets with students during a trip to Ecuador with Yum! Brands.

Fall hunger-relief initiatives like September’s Hunger Action Month and last week’s World Food Day from the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) have spurred quick serves into action to thwart the global hunger problem.

Taco Bell raised a record $3 million through its World Hunger Relief promotion, which ran September 26 through October 17. Customers were offered an opportunity to donate $1 to the WFP, which reaches more than 97 million people in 80 countries.

Taco Bell Expands Marketing Partnership with NBA

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Taco Bell Corp. announced a multiyear expansion of their marketing partnership that will continue Taco Bell’s position as the league’s Official Quick Service Restaurant Partner—a position it has held since 2009. This partnership will help Taco Bell and the NBA’s fan bases connect with both through marquee league events and NBA-themed promotions in restaurants nationwide.

Final Piece of the Puzzle

The best drive thrus run like machines. Simple goals are met over and over: Orders go out quickly, the food is delivered fresh, and the right orders get to the right cars. But in the drive thru, pressure can run high and the smallest mistakes can prove catastrophic, backing up lines and spelling disaster for both customers and the restaurant’s bottom line.

The Drive-Thru Performance Study

It used to be that speed of service was the most important part of the drive thru. But times have changed.

Fast food drive thrus are slowing down as consumers demand premium menus.
Chick-fil-A averages a whopping 6.09 cars in its drive thru at any given time. chick-fil-a / Stanley Leary

Since the advent of the modern quick-service drive thru—some would say in the early 1970s, though the idea of a pick-up window has been around for much longer—operators have tinkered with the nuts and bolts to create a drive thru that is as fast, efficient, and pleasant as possible. Innovations throughout the years, from wireless headsets and order-confirmation boards to dual lanes and pre-sell signage, have created a better drive thru capable of handling the 60–70 percent of business that now loops the exterior of most quick-service restaurants.