Culinary Institute of America president Tim Ryan has helped school teach students to influence fast casual industry.
Menu Innovations
Some might say New York City, with its renowned restaurateurs and trend-setting eateries, is the culinary epicenter of the U.S., if not the world. And they might be right. But they’d only partly be right. While the Big Apple has indeed been a mecca for global food trends and talented chefs for...
Industry News
Barbecue brisket and pulled pork may be unlikely candidates for healthy, on-the-go fare, but Southern Concepts Restaurant Group plans to change that with its upcoming fast-casual concept, Southern Hospitality. Borrowing inspiration from both its full-service counterpart Southern Hospitality...
Quick service brands use online ordering programs to speed up customer experience.
Outside Insights
Forty years since the first McDonald’s drive thru was created near a military base in Arizona in 1975, drive-thru and fast-food restaurants have come to dominate the American restaurant industry. With 75 percent of restaurant industry transactions consumed off-premise, drive thru is a perfect fit...
Los Angeles quick service brand serves premium tacos with innovative flavors.
Emerging Concepts
Amid thousands of Los Angeles–area taco shops sits Mondo Taco, a three-year-old eatery dishing up 34 eclectic tacos and a mission to redefine the taco experience. Starting with homemade tortillas, the 1,250-square-foot outlet in Santa Monica features a menu cleverly divided into three categories:...
Quick service brands update their point of sales stations with technology advancements.
Outside Insights
Sure, you may be able to accept credit cards on your smartphone. But can that reader actually help you run your quick-service restaurant or food-truck business after the swipe? In early 2014, the owners of Atlanta-based food truck Happy Belly Curbside Kitchen realized they needed more functionality...
Quick service company Yum Brands invests in sustainable global restaurants.
Web Exclusive
Yum! Brands Inc. recently released its 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, detailing the company’s progress in four areas: food, people, the community, and the environment. The Louisville, Kentucky–based parent company of Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut shared the progress it has made...
Industry News
Boosting sales as much as 10 to 15 percent is a breeze—at least it was for Mama Fu’s following the launch of its branded delivery fleet. In December, the Asian fast casual kicked off its new delivery program at corporate-owned stores in Austin, Waco, Houston, Georgetown, and Braunfels, Texas, as...
Industry News
The preference for premium products may be increasing among consumers, but that demand does not necessarily correlate with the quality for certain ingredients, including Italian hard cheeses. According to Arthur Schuman Inc. (ASI), 20 percent of the 463 million pounds of Italian hard cheeses, such...
Quick service restaurants discount to attract new, price conscious customers.
Q: Other restaurants seem to be moving away from 99-cent-and-under value menus. So what is the right discounting strategy? A: True, McDonald's has replaced its Value Menu with the Dollar Menu & More, and Wendy's 99 Cent Menu has been reconceived as the Right Price Right Size menu.
QSR restaurants use new EMV point of sale to follow guidelines.
For many years, Europe has had stronger protection against credit card fraud than the U.S.
Quick service brands make impact on restaurant industry with big news events.
It’s fair to say that 2014 has been as eventful a year for quick-service restaurants as the industry has seen in quite a while. Changing demographics and sharper competition have sparked a variety of innovations, but also exposed some weaknesses.
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.
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 brands hiring new immigrant employees must legally protect jobs.
In a country whose foreign-born population has eclipsed 13 percent of the total (some 41.3 million people), hiring immigrants has become as inevitable as it is important for quick-serve restaurant operators.And by keeping abreast of relevant laws, filing the right paperwork early and often, and ensu