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...
Community restaurants serve needy and poor in cities across country.
Charitable Giving
No one knows how many community cafés are operating in the U.S. today. The model is just now gaining momentum. The movement’s de facto trade association, One World Everybody Eats, is affiliated with 50 cafés across the country and expects another 20 to open within the next 18 months. Its oldest...
Progressive DC QSR pizza chain designs unique restaurants and menu items.
Creativity runs wild at &pizza, and it starts with the name; the ampersand is trademarked and the brand is pronounced “and pizza.” In the stores, the creativity extends to the pizza—and then some.&pizza cofounder Michael Lastoria says he has a passion for building up new id
QSR operators move operations systems to cloud based technology.
You would be hard pressed to find a quick-service operator who, when asked why they started their own business, answered by saying it was to become the CIO of the company.
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.
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 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.