If the Modernization Act makes it through Washington, then restaurants might hav
Executive Insights
Seventy-six million. That’s how many Americans each year get sick from something they eat. Of the 76 million, 350,000 end up in the hospital and 5,000 end up dead. Seventy-six million people. Roughly one fourth of the total U.S. population, it seems a rather high figure, particularly when we’ve...
In the year 2060, 50 years from now, quick-serve concepts might have very differ
Industry News
Advertising Age recently ran a hilarious peek into the future called “The Most Influential Brands of 2090,” which you can read here. This got us thinking about the future of quick service and what brands in the industry might be dominant 50 years from now. With a nod to Michael Crichton’s novel...
Human Resources
Between tracking food costs, trying to bring in more cash-strapped customers, and abiding by the new health care requirements, proper hiring practices can fall by the wayside on the list of day-to-day tasks operators face. But one wrong hire can have devastating consequences. Best-case scenario:...
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Abbott's Frozen Custard has vanilla, chocolate, and its signature flavor, chocol
Emerging Concepts
There are a lot of frozen-dessert chains out there, says Gail Drew, president of the Rochester, New York–based Abbott’s Frozen Custard, but they just don’t have the history of Abbott’s. “Everybody in Rochester has an Abbott’s story,” she says. “They grew up on it. Now we want to share that history...
Emerging Concepts
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Frozen yogurt has always been categorized as an “ice cream substitute,” Red Mango president Dan Kim says, but he differentiates his company’s product not by what it isn’t, but by what it is. Kim describes Red Mango’s product as a tart, refreshing, all-natural nonfat yogurt with calcium, protein,...
Sharing ideas and brainstorming as a group is common among many restaurant execs
Executive Insights
The saying goes that two heads are better than one. At Focus Brands Inc., where the leaders of five distinct concepts are leveraging the power of their collective experience to the benefit of their individual brands, this idea is working on overdrive. Focus, which is owned by private equity firm...
Setting up a booth or mobile unit at big gatherings tends to attract customers t
Menu Innovations
There are two ways to sell fast food: get customers to come to your location, or go where people already are. The throngs at fairs, festivals, sporting events, and other gatherings—especially during the summer and fall—have become a tempting target for more quick-service operators. Going where the...
Taking a full-service approach to a quick-service concept can increase customer
Menu Innovations
At McAlister’s Deli, employees greet customers as they approach the counter to place their order and once more as they deliver meals to customers in the dining room. These same employees also walk the dining room, offering to get drink refills, removing meal debris, and assisting with additional...
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...
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...
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. “...
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...
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...
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...