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Quick service brands open new upscale concepts to compete with fast casual.

Fast casual has dominated foodservice success stories in recent years, with the category sporting an 11 percent sales hike in 2013, according to Technomic. That success has inspired several traditional...

Fast food chicken restaurant in Chicago borrows dining experience from club.

Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp are not your typical restaurateurs, and that's just the way they like it. Call them alternative or off the cuff, the close friends and business partners are growing a...

Quick service restaurants hire summer workers for popular seasonal job.

On the heels of the latest jobs report, which revealed that restaurants added more than 30,000 jobs in March—the 49th consecutive month of growth for the industry—limited-service operators are well...

Quick service restaurants roll out smart phone app payment options for customers

In the post-recession economy, major quick-service players are still struggling to find new ways to drive traffic and capture the attention and loyalty of the all-important Millennial consumer.

Now...

Quick service restaurant brands hire chefs to develop new innovative menus.

In an attempt to elevate their menu offerings, some quick-serve chains are teaming with professional chefs to revamp and upscale their food and beverage products.

Atlanta-based Great Wraps;...

Quiznos and Sbarro both filed for bankruptcy to relieve debt.

Quiznos and Sbarro this month became the latest two quick-service chains to file for bankruptcy, the result, experts say, of not being able to keep up with the growing competition in their respective...

Burger restaurant concepts use premium ingredients to capture new customers.

The combined influence of better-burger restaurants and the fast-casual customization model has had a profound impact on what burger brands now offer consumers. A recent survey by Chicago-based technology...

Quick service brands see slow sales growth from winter snow and ice storms.

As winter storms continue to wreak havoc in the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast U.S., a bleak sales picture among limited-service restaurants is starting to emerge.

Foodservice sales in the regions...

Quick service concepts like Rise in North Carolina are accepting bitcoin money.

Despite controversies surrounding the virtual currency bitcoin, a growing number of quick-serve restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and bars are allowing their customers to pay for their food and beverages...

Quick serve Long John Silver's serves lobster bite option as special Lent offer.

Recognizing the potential sales lift that seafood items produce during the Lenten season, many quick-serve chains are once again launching fish-based LTOs in preparation of Lent, which starts March 5. And...

Artisanal bread maker La Brea rebranded to expand vision for foodservice future.

La Brea Bakery rebranded itself for the first time in 25 years, updating its logo, packaging, and café to reflect its expanding vision while also doubling down on its commitment to supply fresh bread both...

Proposed minimum wage increases have operators worried about labor costs.

Brands and operators in the quick-service industry are not looking forward to proposed minimum wage increases that are being seriously considered by states, local municipalities, and the federal government...

White Castle Valentine's Day promotion enhances quick service experience.

Quick-serve chains across the country are rolling out Valentine’s Day promotions to attract customers for the special day and, in some cases, the entire month of February.

White Castle is holding its...

Fast food options at sports stadiums like MetLife feature innovative menu items.

With chicken wings, nachos, and pizza at the ready, more than 100 million fans will be piling into homes, restaurants, and bars across the country to watch the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks battle it...

Children consumers demand healthy and customizable menus from quick service.

It's no surprise that children love to eat at quick-serve restaurants. But a recent survey by Chicago–based research firm Y-Pulse shows that...

Pollo Tropical parent Fiesta Restaurant Group topped quick serve stock prices.

During any given year, a restaurant company that records a 50 percent increase in its stock price could expect to crow pretty loudly about the accomplishment. But even that type of gain wasn’t good enough...