QSR restaurant concepts streamline unit design to better manage customer traffic.
Design
Operators are often looking to improve their store throughput, or the efficiency with which they get customers through the restaurant. But at least one industry expert thinks that as they do so, they’re overlooking the business potential of zone merchandising to both speed throughput and boost...
QSR operators work to make higher wages effective in restaurant operation.
Human Resources
The minimum wage is on the mind of most quick-service operators today, especially as many states and cities pass regulations that bump the minimum wage upward. But when Moo Cluck Moo founder Brian Parker and his team first sat down to discuss employee pay, he says, the minimum wage wasn’t even a...
QSR brands find equity finance partners to fund future growth.
Finance
Quick-service operators looking for external financial support often find an attractive option in private equity firms. But finding the right partner takes effort, research, and a little bit of soul searching. Colleagues and industry contacts are good places to start when considering private equity...
Puerto Rico QSR brand expands business state side to Orlando.
Web Exclusive
Perched on one side of this upstart, food-court competitor, there’s a Five Guys. On the other side, there’s an A&W All American Food stand. But the fast-food joint often attracting the longest lines at the bustling Florida Mall in Orlando, Florida, is a chain that most mall-goers had never even...
Industry News
Doughnuts are enjoying something of a renaissance moment—even among burger and shake concepts. Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes introduced a limited-time dessert, the Jelly Donut Milkshake, which is blended with Rich’s doughnut holes. To add the jelly flavor, the recipe calls for Monin Wildberry...
QSR brands launch new delivery programs to expand business opportunities.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
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. A lot of independent, technology-enabled...
Industry News
It’s quite possible you’re not aware of all that you’ve already missed this summer—from National Quiche Lorraine Day on May 20 to National Dry Martini Day on June 19. But don’t worry; you can make up for it by celebrating both of the culinary items (macaroni and Grand Marnier) highlighted for...
Health and nutrition fast casual innovates menu items for diet seekers.
Emerging Concepts
LYFE Kitchen cofounder and chief brand officer Mike Donahue says the growing concept offers convenient, affordable, great-tasting food that just happens to be healthy. “I don’t lead with the ‘H’ word,” he says. “People interested in healthy eating will find us.” But the “H” word is what sets LYFE...
QSR franchisee uses tips from government work to turn restaurants around.
Before becoming a Chronic Tacos franchisee, Audra de Vera worked as a federal agent for the U.S. Department of Health and Urban Development (HUD). With a degree in international security and conflict resolution from San Diego State University, de Vera investigated financial fraud.
The quick service restaurant Lion's Choice will expand under new owners.
When Marvin Gibbs decided that he wanted to sell the quick-service chain he started 45 years ago, he knew he had to sell it to someone that understood the business. His St.
The top quick service restaurant brands from year 2014 served new menu items, technology, innovation.
It’s that time of year. Time to look back and reflect upon the brand developments in quick service from the past year—from the surprising to the exciting and the defining—that seemed most important.
QSR brands must adapt new technology tools to improve business potential.
Every day, entrepreneurs dream up new ways to “disrupt” so-called “legacy” businesses like quick-service restaurants.
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.
Young QSR diners look for more premium and bold flavors like high quality seafood dishes.
Regular readers of this column know that for some years now, I’ve been dispensing suggestions on how quick-serve chains can do more to court millions of Millennials, aka members of Generation Y, whose adventurous palates, curious minds, and unconventional tastes have often made them elusive qu