Blister packs of ketchup and mustard shouldn’t be the only condiment options at
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
Back in the fall of 2007, I took the liberty in this space of calling for quick-serve operators to consider consigning standard-issue, blister-pack condiments to history’s dustbin. The basis for this potentially unpopular position lay in my belief that while chains of all types had made enormous...
Chilorio’s Very Mexican considers its salsa bar a staple of its concept.
Emerging Concepts
Many of the recipes for the salsas made fresh daily at Chilorio’s Very Mexican came from the mother of the Monterrey, Mexico-born founder of the concept, Diego Cortes. The recipes were tweaked by Chilorio’s executive chef Antonio Marquez, whom Cortes calls “one of the best chefs in Mexico.” “The...
Cheeseburger Bobby’s burger
Emerging Concepts
The founders of Cheeseburger Bobby’s know consumers have a lot of choices, so they are always searching for ways to stand out from the crowd. The Build Your Own Burger Bar is one of those ways. While the condiment bar includes the expected ketchup, pickle slices, and yellow...
Customers like having their way, and having multiple sauce options for them to c
Ingredients & Dayparts
Using ketchup to dip or slather french fries is a long-established American tradition. The pairing has not only provided consumers with a distinct flavor, but it has given diners the ability to choose how much of the condiment to use, based on their own tastes. It turns out that this flavor-control...
The iPad provides the restaurant industry with new ideas for incorporating more
Ordering
When the iPad was introduced in late January, the tech world buzzed about the gadget’s possibilities and visionary applications. Two of Apple’s other signature products, the iPod and iPhone, sparked such revolutionary momentum that creative minds swirled with ideas on how the iPad, a larger, more...
Jason's Deli's success has been built on its culture, CEO Joe Tortorice says.
Executive Insights
How can growing concepts move into franchising while still maintaining their core identity? I can tell you how we did it at Jason’s Deli. We’re operationally intensive. In other words, we’re first and foremost operators. So most franchises have only a handful of company-owned stores and the...
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR’s Marketing Guru
Food trucks are popping up everywhere. And these new mobile units have come a long way from the college-campus roach coaches of questionable quality. They now serve gourmet tastes out of clean, well-designed trucks, and they’re attracting respectable office workers and hip club-goers alike. At a...
George Green: Fast-Casual Expert
The battle to hire and keep the best people starts with the first time you have contact with prospective employees. Customers of the best fast-casual operators expect more in terms of food and service than what they get from competitors in other segments.  This poses a great challenge for us in 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...
Fast food coffee giant Starbucks gives team members stock in company.
Planting the Seed
Saving for retirement and other financial milestones is an important objective for most people, including employees in the quick-serve industry. The biggest coffee chain in the U.S. is making it easier for its workers to reach those monetary goals. In 1991, after Seattle-based Starbucks extended...
Modern restaurants capitalize on traditional approaches.
Old School Meets New
Call it a reflection of consumers’ growing desire for local fare or their increasing demand for cleaner food with minimal processing and fewer ingredients. But one thing is for sure in foodservice today: What’s old is most decidedly new again. Both brands and customers are returning to an old-...
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...
Fast food brands like Zingermans build growth strategy around quality.
The Mighty Indies
For every limited-service chain pushing for growth and expansion across the U.S., there’s a crop of independent single-unit brands forgoing the traditional growth strategy to focus on excellence at the community level. Operators at these restaurants wear many hats, often performing the tasks of an...
Quick service brand serves all vegan food to health conscious customers.
Ones To Watch: Native Foods Café
The owners of the vegan fast-casual concept Native Foods Café decided if they could make it in Chicago—home of cheesy deep-dish pizza and Vienna beef hot dogs—they could make it anywhere. Founded in Palm Springs, California, by a vegan chef in 1994, Native Foods Café grew into a four-store chain...
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...
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 between buyer...