Quick service brands grow in airports to server millions of traveling customers.
In the Store
An airport location offers quick serves domestic and international brand exposure, sound growth opportunities, and increased profits. But, like many other nontraditional venues, airports require restaurants to wrangle space restrictions, difficult logistics, and menu limitations. “You really have...
Quick service restaurant brands hire chefs to develop new innovative menus.
Industry News
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; Greensboro, North Carolina–based Biscuitville; and Emeryville, California–based Peet’s Coffee & Tea are...
Quick service restaurants use long communal tables to create cozy atmosphere.
In the Store
A new trend in seating design among fast-casual restaurants is creating a more relational meal experience for diners. Brands are starting to follow in the footsteps of full-serve restaurants that feature communal tables where customers can enjoy meals alongside others they may not know. “In fast...
Industry News
The new Italian fast-casual concept Venti Tre Modern Italian, developed by quick-serve giant Fazoli's, has been a hit with consumers since opening its first store two weeks ago in Baltimore. Carl Howard, CEO and president of Fazoli's, attributes this quick success to the brand's ability to attract...
Quick service restaurants including Greek concepts offer fresh yogurt options.
Menu Innovations
Whether or not consumers are flocking to the better-for-you items they’re demanding from quick-serve restaurants is up for debate, but there’s really no argument about yogurt’s success. The dairy product’s growth is hard to ignore; according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data, yogurt production...
Mississippi-based Newk's Eatery offers homestyle classics.
Competition
Newk’s is carving out a niche for itself as an upscale fast-casual restaurant, rebranding from Newk’s Express to Newk’s Eatery to emphasize its position. “The word express didn’t resonate with upscale food,” says Newk’s president and CEO Chris Newcomb. The rebranding began in 2013, and Newcomb...
Quiznos and Sbarro both filed for bankruptcy to relieve debt.
Industry News
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 categories. Sbarro, once a staple in the pizza category and among the top five pizza brands, has...
Quick serves train restaurant managers to handle regulatory and legal issues.
Outside Insights
Just after stumbling out of bed each morning, the first thing I do is scan the local and national news stories posted on a half-dozen different websites. I don’t read every article, of course, but I do try to read the ones that are important to me either personally or professionally. And recently I...
Getting a Head Start
This year has been projected as a growth year for the restaurant industry, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs who dream of opening their own restaurant. Forty-seven percent of Americans’ food dollars are spent dining away from home, and restaurant sales are expected to hit a record high this...
Quick service restaurants like Arbys launch charity events to raise money and awareness.
Fighting Hunger, One State at a Time
When Arby’s Hungry for Happiness mobile tour pulls into town, people notice. It’s hard to miss the fire-engine red semi truck and trailer emblazoned with a beaming young girl enchanted by a bite of giant watermelon. But the rolling outfit, on the streets in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No...
Fast food kitchens must protect restaurants against food borne illness.
How to Improve Your Food Safety
Stories surrounding food-borne illness outbreaks in national quick-service restaurant chains have become very common, with many national brands having suffered at least one major food-borne illness outbreak. Whether the cause of the outbreak is due to contaminated food or unclean surfaces, food...
QSR has singled out quick service restaurants like Toppers Pizza as emerging concepts.
Where Are They Now?
Each month, QSR singles out the quick-service and fast-casual brands we think will make a splash in the industry. Sometimes we’re right, and sometimes we’re… well, not. So which Ones to Watch brands are still on fire, and which ones have had their growth hopes doused? Here’s a look back at 15 Ones...
Very Cool
For many Americans, there’s nothing like drinking a tall, cold glass of iced tea on a hot summer’s day. Whether plain, sweetened, infused with fruit flavors, or part of a specialty beverage, iced tea is increasingly popular nationwide. Limited-service restaurants have seen solid growth with iced...
Quick service restaurant franchisees prepare FDDs with unit economics in mind.
Prospering Over the Long Term
For years, the two most important words in franchising—for both franchisors and franchisees—have been unit economics. The success or failure of a franchise concept can pivot off of how well unit economics are tracked, managed, and improved. Yet many franchisors and franchisees alike pay inadequate...
Unusual quick service restaurant units locate in high traffic customer locations like casinos.
Uncommon Ground
A cruise ship on the Rhine River in Germany. The FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. A Toys“R”Us in Manhattan. The Camp Pendleton military base near San Diego. Where moving people are, quick-service restaurants want to be, a reality that continues shaping the rapid and aggressive evolution of the...