Quick service restaurant operators learn best practices at annual NRA Show in Chicago.
Special Report
Saturday, May 16 Sunday, May 17 Monday, May 18 Tuesday, May 19 Showcasing the NRAEF   Each year, roughly 60,000 restaurant professionals descend on Chicago’s McCormick Place to learn, eat, drink, and talk shop. That event—the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show—has become the industry’s...
Quick service operators spend more in expenditures in stronger market environment.
Finance
Things are looking up for capital spending in the quick-service and fast-casual sectors. A long spell of wariness is finally lifting as more operators look to invest capital in remodels, new equipment, and other improvements. Among the brands taking advantage of favorable market conditions and...
Menu Innovations
As restaurant operators look for additional methods to expand their sales and market their brands, preparing meals in advance has increasingly become a means of accomplishing that. Whether through box lunches as part of a restaurant’s catering effort or upscale grab-and-go items, these meals...
Upstart grilled cheese quick service restaurant serves premium grilled cheese sandwiches.
Emerging Concepts
Grilled cheese and tomato soup are an American comfort food duo that a couple of Cincinnati, Ohio, entrepreneurs has put in the national spotlight. Corey Ward and Trew Quackenbush started Tom + Chee with their wives Jenny Rachford and Jenn Quackenbush as a seasonal business in a tent at a skating...
Upstart fast casual restaurant brand Sweetgreen offers innovative food stands at annual concert.
Web Exclusive
The first Sweetlife festival consisted of two amps and a turntable behind the second location of Sweetgreen, the local ingredient–focused, socially conscious salad fast casual that created the annual event. This year’s festival, the sixth, will be held May 30–31 at Columbia, Maryland’s Merriweather...
Industry News
Following the growing popularity of dairy-free offerings, Pinkberry frozen yogurt is introducing its first dairy-free product Friday, May 1. Over the past year, the brand has been testing dairy-free options to provide customers with a simple, better-for-you dairy alternative among its line of...
Industry News
When Tim Tebow signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, Philly Pretzel Factory tweeted a photo of a pretzel shaped like the iconic “Tebowing” kneel directly to the former Heisman Trophy winner. Fans retweeted the post with many adding their own comments. Before long, the clip had gone viral with media...
Quick service restaurant brands get creative with new boxed lunch offerings.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
The meal as we know it is in a state of considerable flux, if not outright decline. Breakfast? Americans grab it on the go, often out of a bottle, bag, or box. Dinner? With kids and parents juggling uncomfortably hectic and often conflicting schedules, only 26 percent of U.S. households with...
Baked goods like cinnamon rolls give fast food restaurants a breakfast staple.
Baked goods have been a staple in the quick-serve industry for decades, but innovation in the space has boomed as several operators step up their a.m. offerings to compete in that increasingly lucrative daypart.Coffee concepts are a natural fit for baked goods.
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.
QSR brands plate fresh and natural ingredients to improve health and nutrition.
Fresh has become a mantra of the restaurant industry these days, and there’s nothing that conveys fresh better than using raw items, particularly fruits and vegetables.
QSR operators work to make higher wages effective in restaurant operation.
The minimum wage is on the mind of most quick-service operators today, especially as many states and cities pass regulations that bump the minimum wage upward.But when Moo Cluck Moo founder Brian Parker and his team first sat down to discuss employee pay, he says, the minimum wage wasn’t even
Young QSR diners look for more premium and bold flavors like high quality seafood dishes.
Regular readers of this column know that for some years now, I’ve been dispensing suggestions on how quick-serve chains can do more to court millions of Millennials, aka members of Generation Y, whose adventurous palates, curious minds, and unconventional tastes have often made them elusive qu
QSR restaurant concepts streamline unit design to better manage customer traffic.
Operators are often looking to improve their store throughput, or the efficiency with which they get customers through the restaurant.