Some quick-serve restaurants find that catering is a strong source of revenue in
Menu Innovations
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The wedding dinner was prepped for the oncoming slew of guests: Stainless steel chafing dishes lined the buffet tables, silverware sat wrapped in cloth napkins and silver rings, and servers stood at the ready in black slacks and white dress shirts. It was a fine feast to celebrate the sharing of...
George Green: Fast-Casual Expert
In past columns, I have expressed both my disdain for most discounting at fast-casual restaurants and my general pessimism regarding the state of the U.S. economy. I have not changed my views on either subject in recent months. We are in for a slow and rocky recovery, and discounting can cause...
Denise Lee Yohn is QSR magazine's resident marketing expert.
Promotions
The adage “the little things you do matter more than the big things you say” applies in fast food more than almost anywhere else. In a research study I recently conducted on quick serves, 48 percent of people said there’s a big difference between what fast food restaurants promise in advertising...
A rendering of the new Huddle House prototype shows the Huddle Thru positioned a
Industry News
The recession helped to blur the line between the quick-serve and casual-dining segments, as price points and service techniques jumped the industry fence in the competition for diners’ dollars. But one full-service chain, Huddle House, decided that with its new store design, it would firmly plant...
Timothy Geithner sees economic recovery, but quick-service operators aren't so s
Industry News
On August 2, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wrote an op-ed in the New York Times with the title, “Welcome to the Recovery.” Despite the brash headline, Geithner was cautiously optimistic about the direction of the economy. “Recoveries that follow financial crises are typically a hard climb,”...
Service, environment, and price are important to customer satisfaction.
Industry News
Chick-fil-A, Chipotle, and Panera Bread rank among the best quick serves in the country in customer satisfaction, according to a study J.D. Power and Associates released on Tuesday. The 2010 U.S. Restaurant Satisfaction Study evaluated consumer responses to an online survey that measured four...
Fast food like KFC's Double Down prove unhealthy food is still popular.
Industry News
Perhaps the biggest splash so far this year in the quick-service sector came in April when KFC’s Double Down, a breadless “sandwich” that features melted cheese, bacon, and sauce between two chicken filets, made its national debut.   The advent of a sandwich that bucked sliced bread—a seemingly...
Fred DeLuca decided when he was just 17 years old that he wanted to launch a san
Executive Insights
When 17-year-old Fred DeLuca decided he’d try to earn his college tuition by launching a sandwich shop, he and partner Peter Buck set a goal of opening 32 outlets in 10 years. “We fell a little short,” DeLuca recalls 45 years later. “I think we had 24 open” by 1975. It might’ve been the last time...
Quick service beverage providers shake up tea product with new twists.
Reading the Tea Leaves
It’s summer. It’s hot. And chances are good that if you’re nestled comfortably in a backyard hammock—or perched on a porch swing, sprawled out on the beach, casting a line at the ol’ fishing hole, or engaged in any number of other stereotypical warm-weather activities straight out of a Norman...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Quick service brands leverage franchise system for strategic growth.
The Franchise Formula
For upstart quick-service restaurants considering the move to franchising, the path can precipitate a major shift in business model and operations. Beyond the economic investment in franchising, experts say, operators must ensure their brand will consistently deliver quality across all locations. “...
Panera Gets High Tech
Panera Bread took a step into the future with the rollout of $42 million worth of ordering technology, dubbed “Panera 2.0.” The chain expects to better its customer experience inside and out with iPad ordering kiosks, mobile and online ordering interfaces, and a feature that lets guests order at...
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...