Quiznos' focus on innovation  resulted in a new breakfast roll out.  Quick-serve
Menu Innovations
At the end of 2008, Kelly Roddy was in the same boat as every other quick-serve executive. The economy was spiraling out of control around him, the average U.S. consumer’s wallet was shrinking, and his task was to figure out how to successfully weather the storm with his Texas-based quick-service...
Due to the recent financial crisis, ex-bankers take a new career path toward the
Industry News
Amid the global financial crisis, with the world’s largest banks reporting losses in the billions of dollars, Duane Clark, a 24-year veteran of the commercial banking industry, did something he never expected to do: He opened a smoothie shop. “I always swore I would never go into the restaurant...
Wendy's four new salads will replace the chain's Garden Sensations lineup.
Industry News
Wendy’s is launching a new line of premium salads after successfully testing the menu items in several markets. The four salads will replace the company’s Garden Sensations roster during the third quarter, says Roland Smith, president and CEO of Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, parent company of Dublin, Ohio–...
McDonald's recalled the Shrek Forever After glassware after discovering that the
Industry News
An anonymous tip to a California congresswoman led to the discovery that the paint on McDonald’s USA’s new Shrek promotional glassware contained the metal cadmium. On June 4 the company recalled all 12 million Shrek-themed glasses, which it called an “abundance of caution” because the paint on the...
Restaurants that rely on seafood sales are struggling with the impact of the rec
Industry News
Restaurateurs and seafood trade association spokesmen conveyed a message of confidence in the safety of Gulf of Mexico–sourced seafood during the 91st annual National Restaurant Association's Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. “Our priority No. 1 is the safety of our consumers. That is the bottom line...
Caribou Coffee aims to be 100 percent Rainforest Alliance Certified in the next
Executive Insights
Mike Tattersfield was living in Columbus, Ohio, in 2005 and working as vice president of store operations at Limited Brands, an apparel company, when he first visited a Caribou Coffee. The brand immediately piqued Tattersfield’s interest. “It had outstanding coffee,” he says. But even though he...
Many restaurant industry leaders are aware of and sensitive to the fact that som
Food Safety
When Matt Mitchell was four years old, his parents took him out one night to McDonald’s for a hamburger. But when he bit into it, he tasted cheese. For most people, getting the wrong order is, at worst, a nuisance. But as far as restaurant patrons go, Mitchell isn’t most people. Not long after...
Six markets in the U.S. are primed and ready for opening quick-serve restaurants
Growth
When the bottom dropped out on the economy, it did on your brand's expansion efforts, too. But now, with the U.S. climbing out of the recession and lenders more willing to supply the financing necessary to build business, the time is right to forge ahead with expansion—and QSR knows exactly which...
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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...
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...
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-...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...