The kitchen is a critical factor in determining if an empty restaurant building
Menu Innovations
Empty restaurants are everywhere. Some of those restaurant sites may have great potential and offer significant cost savings, provided the astute operator is willing to adjust expectations. It’s important to determine if the restaurant is empty because of the current economic recession, or if there are additional factors that...
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Quick-service operators should consider buying distressed stores as a way to exp
Competition
There are a lot of challenges restaurateurs can run into when acquiring a unit that’s already in operation. Some of the biggest ones are the unexpected time it takes to close the deal in the first place. There are a lot of unpredictable particulars that pop up. Our last deal took nine months.
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Paying attention to your maintenance issues as they arise will avoid expensive r
Competition
Before Peter Riggs became a vice president with the 173-unit franchise Pita Pit, he was a franchise owner. Starting out in the business, Riggs thought he knew what to look for when it came to preventative maintenance and workplace safety. He watched for spills on the floor. He made regular equipment service appointments. He did all the...
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McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner incorporates five key principals in leading his compa
Executive Insights
Since taking over the burger giant, which now has 32,000 restaurants worldwide, CEO Jim Skinner has restructured McDonald’s, redesigned the restaurants, and revolutionized the menu. Aside from the addition of premium coffee offerings, McDonald’s menu also features healthier choices such as Fruit & Walnut Salads and...
David Novak has ideas about his goals toward making Yum Brands the defining glob
Executive Insights
In the May 2010 issue of QSR, Yum Brands CEO and chairman David Novak was selected as one of the quick-serve industry’s Top 10 Most Innovative People. Novak has been at the helm of one of the world’s largest quick-service companies for the last six years and has made broad changes at the company.
Industry News
With Congress set to tackle financial reform, the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act, an attempt to overhaul the nation’s food-safety system after recent outbreaks of E. coli, Salmonella, and other pathogens, has once again been pushed down the legislative agenda. In amending the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of...
Restaurateurs are taking advantage of the cupcake craze.
Industry News
In 2008, with the housing bubble ready to pop, David Arrick lost his job as a Wall Street attorney specializing in asset-backed securities. “I didn’t know what I was going to do,” he says. “There were no jobs for anybody with my background. My securities were backed by mortgages, which were the worst thing...
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen’s head chef,  Amy Alarcón, dishes about m
Menu Innovations
Through a mouthful of food, hip-hop mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs delivers his review: “Popeyes has a certain type of fried chicken, nicely golden brown, juicy type of flavor to it.” His YouTube competition between KFC and Popeyes has already been viewed 78,529 times (plus twice more during the creation of this...
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...

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...

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.

Pork's versatility, cost effectiveness propel its addition to menus.
Pigging Out

Pork was promoted for years as “the other white meat” to boost its exposure and dispel consumer perception that it’s too fatty. These days, pork is anything but “other” at many limited-service restaurants, though it’s often under the guise of specific...

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...

Tropical Smoothie Café's CEO shares how he built a lifestyle brand.
Start to Finish: Mike Rotondo

I worked at Baskin-Robbins all through high school and all through college, and really got into management. I did everything for the franchisee when I was in college—I ordered product, I hired, I fired, I did payroll. So it really got me into the business and hospitality. I thought it was...

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.

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...