Flavourspot's Dutch Taco features a waffle slathered with a maple spread and stu
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
Coffee and a doughnut is a legitimate fast-breaker at 6 a.m., but as celebrated chef Thomas Keller saw clearly when he introduced his own version at the French Laundry in California’s Napa Valley about 16 years ago, it’s also a viable crossover treat. Keller’s decidedly upscale version of the...
Cheese can be used in a variety of dishes in place of meat.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
A few months ago in this space, I discussed the vast number of avenues chains could explore to take advantage of the sensory benefits of cheese. When baked into breads or incorporated into coatings or dressings, cheese lends foods a provocative taste, satisfying texture, and rich, smooth mouthfeel...
Quick Serves can use multiple tactics to attracted super fans to their locations
Promotions
Madison, Wisconsin, TCBY franchisee Saad Khalifa is on a first-name basis with his customers, especially those who visit his frozen yogurt shop regularly. When Steve drives an hour and 35 minutes to the Madison TCBY, Khalifa is ready with the customer’s consistent order of two pies and about 10-12...
Snacking outside of the three established restaurant dayparts is on the rise amo
Ingredients & Dayparts
For generations, Americans embraced the traditional dayparts of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and quick serves fell into line with menu offerings and hours that respected the standards of the day. Gradually, however, those historic daypart designations faded in the face of a changing employment...
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Emerging Concepts
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There’s no better showcase for cheese than pizza. And pizza, cheese and all, has gotten a healthy makeover in the most unlikely of places: New Orleans. “If we can sell a healthier pizza in the least healthy city in America, that’s a pretty good validation of our product,” says Naked Pizza cofounder...
The Grilled Cheese Truck serves all types of grilled cheese to customers.
Emerging Concepts
On a whim, Dave Danhi, owner of the California hospitality recruitment firm dd factor, entered the 2009 Grilled Cheese Invitational last April in Los Angeles. While the well-known L.A. chef didn’t win the trophy, he did walk away with the idea to create The Grilled Cheese Truck. “Before the contest...
Restaurants are taking note of the many ways blue cheese can be used in various
Menu Innovations
As restaurants look to establish extra color and flavor in their menus, they are discovering that they can easily add a little bit of blue—blue cheese, that is. Americans are increasingly experimenting with more robust flavors, so the big, flavorful, and salty taste of blue cheese is no longer...
Though expansion can be tough in the quick-serve restaurant market, the end resu
Industry News
One of the most important rules of expansion might not be something operators learn on the job or in any kind of training. It might just be something most of them picked up long ago—usually in grade school during arts and crafts. “It’s like when you trace things from a pattern and cut them out on...
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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. “...
Unusual quick service restaurant units locate in high traffic customer locations like casinos.
Uncommon Ground
A cruise ship on the Rhine River in Germany. The FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. A Toys“R”Us in Manhattan. The Camp Pendleton military base near San Diego. Where moving people are, quick-service restaurants want to be, a reality that continues shaping the rapid and aggressive evolution of the...
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...
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 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...