Par-baked bread products allow quick serves to provide more options.
Menu Innovations
There’s something about the smell and taste of freshly baked bread that triggers powerful, positive emotional responses in most of us. Psychologists have noted that the aroma of baked bread evokes happy childhood memories, comfort, and even tender feelings of being loved. One recent survey found...
10 Reasons to Celebrate - This year's biggest industry milestones and anniversar
Competition
*/ Moe’s Southwest Grill It Keeps Growing and Growing 10 years Quick, widespread growth was an instant priority for Moe’s Southwest Grill. “It was very much a shotgun approach,” says Paul Damico, brand president. With more than 400 stores and plans to open 100 per year for the next 10 years,...
Emerging Concepts
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Sheila McCann, founder of House of Bread Bakery Café, says foodservice has similarities to her former occupation as a criminal trial attorney. “You have to give it your undivided attention and always think on your feet,” she says. “Foodservice matches my personality. I like the fast-paced...
Emerging Concepts
La Boulange Bakery and Café prides itself on being an authentic French bakery, from its round crusty loaves to the open-face sandwiches it serves on the bread. That authenticity springs from the fact that founder Pascal Rigo spent years working for bakers near his native Bordeaux, France, and in...
To change up its sandwich or burger menu, a quick serve could invest in new brea
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
A few months back in this space, I suggested that clever operators looking for some unconventional new sandwich possibilities could add elements of distinctive ethnic street foods and work these unusual ingredients into the guts of their signature menu items. Specifically, my suggestion was: “Pick...
Some quick-serve executives have found that blogs give them an opportunity to co
Promotions
In 2007, Dan Kim started blogging about his newly conceived frozen yogurt concept, Red Mango, months before the first location even opened its doors. Using MySpace as his primary outlet, Kim built an online buzz about the chain, posting photos of the store’s progress while keeping his future...
TCBY is offering local chef challenges as a possible local-store marketing techn
Promotions
At an Independence Day parade this year, a Mustang convertible rolled down the route decked out in red, white, and blue—and lots of signage for frozen yogurt chain TCBY. As the car came into view, someone with trays of yogurt samples approached folks watching the parade and offered a taste. “This...
Serving alcohol at quick serves can appeal to the casual-dining customer.
Competition
From his Colorado office, Boston Market CEO Lane Cardwell is targeting some free agents—dining free agents, that is. “There are some customers out there open to where they’ll be eating, and Boston Market is happy to capture that business,” Cardwell says. Cardwell is referring specifically to the...
QSR has singled out quick service restaurants like Toppers Pizza as emerging concepts.
Where Are They Now?
Each month, QSR singles out the quick-service and fast-casual brands we think will make a splash in the industry. Sometimes we’re right, and sometimes we’re… well, not. So which Ones to Watch brands are still on fire, and which ones have had their growth hopes doused? Here’s a look back at 15 Ones...
Getting a Head Start
This year has been projected as a growth year for the restaurant industry, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs who dream of opening their own restaurant. Forty-seven percent of Americans’ food dollars are spent dining away from home, and restaurant sales are expected to hit a record high this...
Unusual quick service restaurant units locate in high traffic customer locations like casinos.
Uncommon Ground
A cruise ship on the Rhine River in Germany. The FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. A Toys“R”Us in Manhattan. The Camp Pendleton military base near San Diego. Where moving people are, quick-service restaurants want to be, a reality that continues shaping the rapid and aggressive evolution of the...
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 Leaders & Entrepreneurs...
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...
Very Cool
For many Americans, there’s nothing like drinking a tall, cold glass of iced tea on a hot summer’s day. Whether plain, sweetened, infused with fruit flavors, or part of a specialty beverage, iced tea is increasingly popular nationwide. Limited-service restaurants have seen solid growth with iced...
Quick service restaurant franchisees prepare FDDs with unit economics in mind.
Prospering Over the Long Term
For years, the two most important words in franchising—for both franchisors and franchisees—have been unit economics. The success or failure of a franchise concept can pivot off of how well unit economics are tracked, managed, and improved. Yet many franchisors and franchisees alike pay inadequate...