Industry News
Expanding a limited-service Mexican concept beyond its established home market might seem like a risky move—especially in Southern California. Chipotle and its competitors like Qdoba and Moe’s have become ubiquitous across the U.S., with the former setting a new standard for fast-casual dining...
QSR brands use foods without preservatives GMOs or artificial ingredients.
Web Exclusive
Panera Bread, Noodles & Company, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut are the latest to join the growing number of quick-service chains phasing out artificial ingredients from menus as consumers clamor for simpler, “cleaner” food. But such moves are raising eyebrows among consumer advocate groups. Earlier...
Industry News
Beginning May 31, operators, chefs, and consumers are invited to eat and drink red as Eat (RED) Drink (RED) Save Lives returns to raise awareness and funds in the fight against AIDS. After a successful launch last year, the campaign returns with special events and fundraisers taking place in 13,000...
Quick service restaurant operators use high tech products to improve customer experience.
Ordering
Staying on trend, particularly when it comes to technology, is a delicate balancing act for Back Yard Burgers. CEO David McDougall says there’s no question that the entire restaurant industry is moving away from cash and credit and toward mobile payment and ordering methods. But expanding into...
Quick service brands add flare to fast food restaurant chicken meals.
Menu Innovations
Chicken is a perennial restaurant favorite, but that doesn’t mean we’re eating it the same old ways; in fact, this humble protein is experiencing a renaissance in the fast-casual landscape, led by innovative ethnic concepts whose seasonings, techniques, and flavor profiles turn the bird on its head...
Quick service restaurant franchisee climbs ladder from manager to store owner.
Franchising
Pam Leseman began her quick-serve career in 2004 with Subway after working in a country club and bartending. She managed three Subway units around Ephrata, Washington, bringing growth and stability for her, her team, and the franchisee. When the owners looked to sell the stores and not keep any of...
Fast food operators are testing menu concepts at food halls across country.
Competition
A world traveler, Mary Nguyen Aregoni marveled at the markets peppering international destinations she visited around the globe—the flurried action that attacked the senses, the swirling energy that inspired wonder. So captivating were those visits that when Aregoni finally settled in Chicago and...
Quick service concepts have long thrived on fried chicken dishes.
Menu Innovations
Fried chicken may have roots reaching deep within the culture of the American South, but the dish’s versatility has made it an integral part of the entire nation’s restaurant landscape over the years. Traditional, homestyle fried chicken—bone-in pieces that are marinated, battered, and fried—...
QSR brands launch new delivery programs to expand business opportunities.
Q: Should our restaurant offer delivery service?A: These days, everyone seems to be doing delivery, right? Starbucks, Chipotle, McDonald’s, and Taco Bell are some of the big chains that have recently announced tests or rollouts of delivery service.
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.
Restaurant operators know that establishing strong relationships with vendors is
Richard Leivenberg, executive vice president for Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom in Venice, California, knows a thing or two about relationships.
QSR donut concept franchise owner uses leadership skills gained on Mt Everest.
Jeff Gottfurcht summited Mount Everest on May 14, 2011, at 6:10 A.M.
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.