Fast casual alchol programs help differentiate businesses from other fast food.
Outside Insights
Ordering a beer with your burger or a margarita with the taco special at your favorite fast-casual restaurant used to be a rarity, but more concepts are now offering alcoholic selections, from beer to signature cocktails. With the increased awareness and education of adult beverage culture in our society, consumers are expecting, even...
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Successful relationships are a two-way street, with both sides participating in a give-and-take that benefits each partner. That relationship is no different in collaborations between limited-service brands and their investment firms.
Baked goods like cinnamon rolls give fast food restaurants a breakfast staple.
Menu Innovations
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. In addition to a morning cup of java, many customers anticipate a variety of...
Mexican fast food chain Chronic Tacos offers authentic dishes and flavors.
Emerging Concepts
Chronic Tacos CEO Michael Mohammed says it’s the recipes that make his California-based quick-serve concept stand out in the fast-casual Mexican food arena. “The founders bought the recipes from a family friend, who was third-generation Mexican-American,” Mohammed says. “The flavor is more authentic. The recipes...
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Evolution Fresh, the Starbucks subsidiary specializing in cold-pressed juices, made a splash earlier this month after announcing the opening of its first juicery in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
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In honor of World Hunger Day on October 16, four well-known New York City chefs gathered to compete in the first-ever Beaulieu Vineyard Give & Give Back Chef Challenge. The event, hosted by Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) and actor Chris Noth, challenged the chefs to create nutritious, delicious, and affordable meals using only ingredients...
Mobile payment programs can help fast food restaurants appeal to customers.
Outside Insights
With technology and purchase behaviors changing rapidly, quick serves are feeling pressure to adopt mobile payments. I’ve participated in several conversations and industry events focused on mobile payments, and have noticed that along with feeling pressure, operators are confused. Is the mobile payment space just a fad? Will...
Cupcakes became a trendy dessert option at fast food restaurants last year.
Menu Innovations
Baked desserts aren’t always at the forefront of customers’ dining decisions, but that doesn’t mean they need to be an afterthought. Cookies, cakes, pies, and other sweets have made their way onto menus of all types of limited-service restaurants, giving operators additional sales opportunities during lunch, dinner, and...
Quiznos and Sbarro both filed for bankruptcy to relieve debt.
Quiznos & Sbarro: What Went Wrong?

Quiznos and Sbarro this month became the latest two quick-service chains to file for bankruptcy, the result, experts say, of not being able to keep up with the growing competition in their respective categories.

Artisanal bread maker La Brea rebranded to expand vision for foodservice future.
Rising to the Occasion

La Brea Bakery rebranded itself for the first time in 25 years, updating its logo, packaging, and café to reflect its expanding vision while also doubling down on its commitment to supply fresh bread both to foodservice companies and consumers.

La Brea, which was originally built to...

Be Prepared to Clean and Disinfect Bodily Excretions

When vomit, diarrhea, or other bodily excretions mar the environment in a quick-service restaurant, a rapid, well-planned response is imperative. 

It’s essential to clean and disinfect the contaminated area promptly to prevent the spread of illness and protect the health of...

Auntie Anne’s invests in tomorrow’s talent.
Promise for the Future

Forget the age-old stereotype of teens being more interested in schlep than success. Auntie Anne’s corporate executives and franchise partners have seen first-hand that there is promising business potential in today’s high-school students.

Fifty teens at the brand’s...

Quick service brands enhance nutritional profile of favorite foods like pizza.
A Picture of Health

Fast food gets a bad rap. The industry is actively cutting back on calories, sodium, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and other ingredient components that are detrimental to nutrition, but consumers and watchdogs alike are still quick to point fingers when the nation’s health woes...

Quick serves can improve and innovate menu items with bold spices and flavors.
The Art of “Right-Spicing”

Sometime in the late 1990s, I was in Albuquerque with a sweet tooth and a few extra minutes before my flight. Working my way through a busy retail area, I happened upon a hole-in-the-wall pie shop offering what were, at the time, some of the most unusual pastries I’d ever seen or heard of...

Quick service concepts like Rise in North Carolina are accepting bitcoin money.
Are Bitcoins Legit?

Despite controversies surrounding the virtual currency bitcoin, a growing number of quick-serve restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and bars are allowing their customers to pay for their food and beverages via the digital currency.

Bitcoins are a currency that is transferred directly...

Quick service restaurants hire summer workers for popular seasonal job.
It's Hiring Time

On the heels of the latest jobs report, which revealed that restaurants added more than 30,000 jobs in March—the 49th consecutive month of growth for the industry—limited-service operators are well positioned for the incoming summer season.

A Maui Wowi quick service franchisee keeps his day job while running restaurant.
Balancing Act

Franchisees entering the quick-service space might not need to quit their day job, after all.

A high school teacher for going on 11 years, Chad Knee recently ventured into the quick-serve industry with fruit smoothie and coffee retailer Maui Wowi Hawaiian, opening his first unit in June....