Quick service restaurant company Arbys honors milestone with big changes.
Growth
One would imagine that many things change in the course of five decades in the restaurant business. And in terms of the limited-service landscape, consumer habits, and technology, they certainly have. But when it comes to the Arby’s brand, things have largely stayed the same in its 50-year history...
Food service operators open mobile carts and trucks to serve menu at events.
Growth
Forget the rock-hard pretzels and suspicious-looking hot dogs that cart vendors were once known for. Nowadays, the mobile foodservice space is populated by specialty coffee concepts, gourmet popcorn carts, and Korean barbecue on wheels. And business is booming for these operators as they look to...
Outside Insights
It’s the age-old question, resurfaced: Why fix what ain’t broke? Restaurateurs are often faced with the dilemma of handling change in their chains. As a hospitality-focused design firm, starrdesign has worked with a wide range of quick service restaurants over the years, gaining insight into their...
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Charity cause Dine Out for No Kid Hungry raises money to fight childhood hunger.
Industry News
One in five children go hungry in the U.S. each day. It was that stat, as well as a childhood spent among those below the poverty line, that convinced Monte Jump, Back Yard Burger’s chief operations and marketing officer, to get his brand involved in Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry platform for...
Industry News
As Dunkin’ Donuts continues its national, westward expansion, the brand is unveiling a new Rainforest Alliance Certified Dark Roast Coffee. The new Dark Roast, developed by Dunkin’ Donuts’ Coffee Excellence team over the past several years, uses a unique roasting process to bring out key...
Limited service restaurant chain Luke's Lobster serves premium food at high price point.
Industry News
For many brands, the startup years are full of operational struggles, sourcing issues, and slow, if any, growth. But that hasn’t been the case for New York–based Luke’s Lobster, a concept that’s cornered its own niche within the fast-casual industry in five short years. In the last half decade,...
Quick service pricing structures soften blow of sticker shock.
Competition
Prices for commodities such as beef, pork, poultry, and coffee are on the rise, and more operators expect to pass the cost to customers, industry reports suggest. And while getting guests to accept a price hike can be challenging, experts say it’s possible with menu and marketing tweaks....
Fast food brands swap bread for innovative sandwich holders.
Menu Innovations
The quick-service industry isn’t quite what it used to be. Gone are the days when a simple roll or slices of white bread sufficed as carriers for a burger or sandwich. These days, with innovation required in an increasingly competitive field, sandwich carriers ranging from doughnuts and lettuce to...
Quick service restaurant executives run charity effort to raise funds for cancer research.
A Personal Connection
When Lori Newcomb found out she had stage III ovarian cancer last year, she made it her mission to learn more about the disease and help other women fighting the same battle. She sat down with her husband, Chris Newcomb, cofounder and CEO of Southern quick-service chain Newk’s Eatery, and together...
More Wall Street investors look to buy stock in fast casual and quick service concepts.
The Push for Public
When fast-casual chain Zoës Kitchen Inc. debuted on the New York Stock Exchange last April, the Plano, Texas–based Mediterranean-style eatery recorded its initial public offering at $87.5 million. Satisfying an investor appetite for investments within the trendy fast-casual space, Zoës’ strong...
Fast food restaurant companies innovate supply around farm drought conditions.
At Mother Nature’s Mercy
Kevin Kester’s family has been farming in the U.S. for generations. And it’s not just a couple of generations they’ve been farming; more like generations upon generations, way back to the 1600s, specifically in California since the 1860s. Today, Kester owns a 22,000-acre beef cattle ranch in...
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...
10 Challenges for Fast-Casual Leaders
While the fast-casual category continues to be the fastest-growing industry sector, the road in 2015 will be bumpy. We will see constant change and challenges around every corner. For industry leaders, there are issues that will keep even the most seasoned executive awake at night.  Here is my top...
The One-Stop Shop
Convenience stores are increasingly taking a larger slice out of the quick-serve pie with fresh food offerings. It’s become such a lucrative business for C-stores that Sheetz, the Pennsylvania-based C-store chain that this week opened its 500th location, is planning stores designed more as fast...