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Once avoided for its fatty (but oh-so-delicious) flavor, bacon is experiencing a renaissance, and Which Wich has joined the movement. Starting Monday, June 8, the Dallas-based sandwich concept will switch from its standard bacon crumbles to Hormel’s Applewood-smoked variety. To promote the switch,...
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Less than a week before becoming the co-founder of Pincho Factory, Nedal Ahmad placed a frantic call to his cousin after discovering the mere $6.27 left in his bank account. Despite a load of logistical setbacks, including a complete lack of trained staff, Ahmad insisted that the restaurant open...
Upstart QSR brand dishes vegetarian falafel menu with Europe flare.
Emerging Concepts
Arianne Bennett says her husband, Scott, first tasted a falafel in 1968. He rediscovered the fried chickpea-based product decades later on a trip to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and when the couple returned home, they decided to develop their own falafel shop with a do-it-yourself toppings bar like...
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In recent years, fast casual has cast a shadow over traditional fast food. Touting higher quality, fresher foods, these concepts are becoming major players within the greater foodservice industry. Established fast food brands need not convert to fast casual, but they could stand to learn a few...
QSR brands could expand into Cuba after diplomatic relations improve.
Web Exclusive
When the Obama administration announced on December 17 that the U.S. and Cuba were taking steps to normalize relations, those anxious to tap into the business potential of the largest island in the Caribbean began to stir. With a population of 11 million and a land area two-thirds the size of...
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When it comes to targeting a specific slice of the consumer pie, operators often focus on the much-discussed Millennials or even the younger Generation Z, sure to inherit their laurels as the hot new demographic. But an oft-overlooked consumer has the potential to be more loyal than a Millennial...
QSR donut concept franchise owner uses leadership skills gained on Mt Everest.
Franchising
Jeff Gottfurcht summited Mount Everest on May 14, 2011, at 6:10 A.M. As if being part of the elite group of humans who have conquered Everest wasn’t enough, Gottfurcht also made the climb with a preexisting rheumatoid arthritis condition and remains the only person in the recorded history of...
QSR culinary director at leading brand discusses creating new chicken dishes.
Menu Innovations
What do you see as being some of the biggest trends in the quick-serve industry when it comes to chicken menu items? There’s a great thing about working with chicken. Of course it’s economical, but it’s such a great neutral palette that you can apply so many different flavors to it. I don’t think...
Quick service operators develop innovative potato dishes as menu options.
Consider the spud. Sure, it’s often thought of as a simple, standard restaurant staple—and in the quick-service field often relegated to the side of the plate or presented in fried format—but it also can be the subject of inspiration and kitchen creativity.
QSR operators move operations systems to cloud based technology.
You would be hard pressed to find a quick-service operator who, when asked why they started their own business, answered by saying it was to become the CIO of the company.
Fast food restaurant brands trace food source to protect quality and safety.
Technological advances have influenced the restaurant industry in obvious ways, including through virtual reservations, online reviews, and increased customer interaction through social media.
QSR brands must adapt new technology tools to improve business potential.
Every day, entrepreneurs dream up new ways to “disrupt” so-called “legacy” businesses like quick-service restaurants.
Fast casual healthy eating brand grows with fresh and nutritious food.
Eleven years ago, Matthew Corrin could be found ducking into GNC stores to order smoothies on a regular basis.
QSR brands partner with equity firms to finance restaurant unit growth.
Equity relationships are intended to be mutually beneficial, with the brands and their private equity (PE) partners both contributing—and both reaping the rewards. But brands may not know what to expect from the partnership as it matures.