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Fast casual Energy Kitchen is one restaurant using the REAL certification.

Several quick-service restaurants are doubling down on their health and wellness efforts thanks to the new REAL Certification program from the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC).

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Wendy's new pretzel bacon cheeseburger is a successful fast food menu option.

One of the most common questions in foodservice—White or wheat?—has grown to include a new option: pretzel. Quick-service restaurants across the country are capitalizing on a new pretzel-bread trend, taking...

Some operators have been slow to incorporate allergy-friendly menu options.

Cutting calories, lowering fat content, and providing healthy, fresh ingredients have become increasingly commonplace in the limited-service industry over the past few years. But while U.S. quick serves...

Brands are applying the fast casual model to modernize Italian cuisine.

Modern Italian cuisine is the next big thing in fast casual. Or at least, that’s what some major quick-service operators are banking on.

Fazoli’s and Sbarro each plan to debut a fast-casual Italian...

Smashburger cofounder explains craft beer and burger pairing at Chicago event.

Inside Smashburger’s newest Chicago-area restaurant, a hip-looking joint in the city’s trendy Lincoln Park neighborhood, company founder and chief concept officer Tom Ryan holds up the brand’s Windy City...

Burger King used a geo location marketing campaign with its french fries launch.

Quick-service operators increasingly have the ability to target their customers right where they are. The industry’s use of mobile marketing has grown exponentially over the last two years, and marketers...

Fast casual brands added table service to open on Winter Park's Park Avenue.

The city of Winter Park, Florida, was in a quandary. Up-and-coming fast-casual concepts Firehouse Subs and BurgerFi wanted to move into the town’s upscale dining and shopping district, Park Avenue, but...

Five to Seven will invest in healthy and sustainble fast food brands globally.

Five to Seven, a new restaurant funding initiative launched in May by foodservice industry veterans Brad Blum and John Vincent, has goodness at its core and as its goal. “Good food for the planet” is the...

Wrap concept BSkis in Chapel Hill successfully delivers food to campus students.

Burger King hopes its new delivery service will be a great profit-driver for the chain, as the company is banking on customers to put in large orders for office lunches, birthday parties, and other...

Innovations like the Marinara Tower were featured on the NRA Show floor.

As the lights went out on the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show (NRA Show) in Chicago on Tuesday, there was plenty to consider about the future of the industry.

The show...

Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey is innovativing the POS space with Square.

Jack Dorsey, who cofounded Twitter and Square, was raised by parents in the quick-service industry. His father owned a pizza restaurant, and his mother ran a coffee shop.

It’s little surprise, then,...

Corner Bakery's new menu items use fresh ingredients to offer premium quality.

In a push to distinguish itself from growing competition in the fast-casual bakery-café space, Corner Bakery Café is doubling down on menu innovation.

The 22-year-old, Dallas-based chain recently...

The Boston Fire Department was treated to free meals at Firehouse Subs.

As soon as he learned about the April 15th Boston bombings, Dave Tucci, the New England area representative for Firehouse Subs’ DMA, called the Firehouse franchisee closest to the bombings.

Tucci was...

Chipotle is improving the ingredients in its margarita beverage menu offering.

Move over, rice and salsa; Chipotle will soon have agave nectar, lemon-lime juice, and Patron Silver tequila on its assembly line. The brand plans to bring premium margaritas to all locations with a liquor...

New NRA pizza council will give operators a business and education boost.

When the menu-labeling mandate, which requires calorie counts be posted on menuboards at chains with more than 20 units, passed with health-care reform in 2010, it was praised as a big step toward educating...

Dickey's Barbecue Pit enjoyed the best growth among quick service restaurants.

In a sign that the economic landscape might finally be rebounding for quick serves, early results from Technomic’s upcoming “Top 500 Restaurant Chain” report reveal that the fastest-growing limited-service...