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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...

Convenience stores compete with quick service with fresh food menu items.

Convenience stores have greatly improved their foodservice offerings in recent years, and a Technomic report released last month shows that those offerings may be stealing significant business from quick-...

New touch screen ordering kiosks find home at fast food restaurants.

Recent technology enhancements by White Castle and McDonald’s show that even traditional quick-service burger chains are considering letting patrons customize their orders.

Last month, White Castle...

The year 2013 was a busy one for quick-service restaurant operators. Innovative new brands ranging from ethnic...

Cheese steak fast food chain to grow through new franchising program.

Philly cheesesteak competition may be fierce in the City of Brotherly Love, but one budding concept is ready to rise above the rest and bring Philadelphia’s world-famous product to the masses.

Wit or...

Mexican fast casual Chipotle is launching a catering service to grow business.

Chipotle is tapping into new consumer occasions with the recent national rollout of its catering program. The added operation allows the brand to compete in a different space with fast-casual concepts like...

Mobile games like Chipotle's Scarecrow app give fast food restaurants promo tool

A handful of quick-service brands released games for mobile platforms in 2013, and the apps proved to be more than just for fun. In fact, some brands are reporting increased sales and customer loyalty by...

Quick serve franchise company offers three brands for franchisees to grow.

While entrepreneurs behind upstart quick-service and fast-casual concepts usually focus their growth efforts on one brand, a young Ohio-based franchise company has pinned its expansion hopes on three...

Fatburger quick service chain adapted sister brand in cobranded location.

Several quick-service concepts have cobranded with other companies in hopes of leveraging the other brand’s assets, like marketing and menu. But Fatburger is doing something a little different in cobranded...