Quick service restaurant brands open stores in new real estate opportunities.
In the Store
As president of Ohio-based Marco’s Pizza, Bryon Stephens oversees a 600-unit chain poised to add 175 units this year. That rapid growth provides Stephens dynamic insight into one of the more pressing problems facing today’s growth-focused quick-service brands: real estate. “To label [today’s real...
Quick service executive Dan Kim helped pioneer modern day fro yo movement.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
I always remember having an interest in the quick-serve industry, and branding in general, before starting Red Mango in 2006. It was definitely a risk, as I had no prior restaurant experience, but that was a constant source of motivation for me, personally. I wanted to be a founder of a brand and...
North Carlina quick service restaurant has in house brewery and premium burger menu.
Emerging Concepts
Since opening in March 2011, Bull City Burger & Brewery has become a hit in downtown Durham, North Carolina, a line routinely extending out the door for the eatery’s built-to-order burgers crafted from pasture-raised beef and award-winning beers. Bull City principal Seth Gross, a Culinary...
Quick service restaurant brands appeal to Hispanic cusomters through advertising.
Web Exclusive
A teenage boy lounges on a couch with Jack in Box—the puppet-like mascot for the San Diego, California–based chain. They talk about what dinosaurs they’d like to be while promoting the Chick-n-Tater Melt Munchie Meal. The ad seems pretty standard—except that the dialogue is entirely in Spanish....
Industry News
While traditional Fenway Frank hot dogs continue to be bestsellers at Major League Baseball (MLB) games nationwide, Aramark is rolling out some new offerings for this year’s MLB season to stay on trend with consumer tastes. This year, Aramark is adding gluten-free stands in three stadiums that will...
Upstart quick service dessert brand CREAM serves premium ice cream sandwiches.
Emerging Concepts
A homemade treat made for neighborhood kids has become a growing dessert concept in California that chief operating officer Jim Ryan expects the rest of the country to be screaming for in the next decade. Screaming as in, “We all scream for ice cream.” But not just ice cream. Cookies, too. CREAM is...
Quick service brands earn customer loyalty through charity campaigns.
Special Report
The quick-serve business is known for its philanthropy; operators are frequently assisting one charitable organization or another. Doing charity work helps a business connect with its community, give back to those in need, and foster personal relationships with customers. But there is another...
Quick service brands invest in company culture and philanthropy to make business about more than money.
Charitable Giving
Jeff Sinelli never thought he’d end up in the Guinness Book of World Records. And he’s not so sure it’s something he’ll make a habit of pursuing. But he’s there now, along with hundreds of his employees and franchisees from Which Wich, the sandwich brand he founded in 2004, where he serves as CEO...
Quick service restaurant operators use high tech products to improve customer experience.
Staying on trend, particularly when it comes to technology, is a delicate balancing act for Back Yard Burgers. CEO David McDougall says there’s no question that the entire restaurant industry is moving away from cash and credit and toward mobile payment and ordering methods.
QSR brands plate fresh and natural ingredients to improve health and nutrition.
Fresh has become a mantra of the restaurant industry these days, and there’s nothing that conveys fresh better than using raw items, particularly fruits and vegetables.
Restaurant operators know that establishing strong relationships with vendors is
Richard Leivenberg, executive vice president for Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom in Venice, California, knows a thing or two about relationships.
QSR donut concept franchise owner uses leadership skills gained on Mt Everest.
Jeff Gottfurcht summited Mount Everest on May 14, 2011, at 6:10 A.M.
Fast casual healthy eating brand grows with fresh and nutritious food.
Eleven years ago, Matthew Corrin could be found ducking into GNC stores to order smoothies on a regular basis.
QSR brands partner with equity firms to finance restaurant unit growth.
Equity relationships are intended to be mutually beneficial, with the brands and their private equity (PE) partners both contributing—and both reaping the rewards. But brands may not know what to expect from the partnership as it matures.