Gandolfo's sells its deli sandwiches at fixed locations and on food trucks.
Emerging Concepts
The “New York” in Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen represents the style of food, not the location, considering none of the restaurants bearing the name are in the Big Apple. “Craig Gandolph founded the concept in Long Island, and then fell in love with a girl in Salt Lake City, so he moved to Utah...
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As president of National Restaurant Development Inc., a board member for the International Franchise Association, and owner of more than 50 quick-serve restaurants, Aziz Hashim is a veteran of the franchise business. With brands like Popeyes, Checkers/Rally’s, Subway, and Moe’s Southwest Grill...
Operators could struggle to find financing if proposed lease rules take hold.
Consumer Trends
It’s always been difficult to own and operate a successful quick serve, and in the next few years, it might get tougher. That’s because some proposed rule changes in the way a company’s balance sheets are organized could create mayhem by showing that, on paper at least, a profitable quick-serve...
Popular tourist attractions have seasonal shifts in business.
Growth
In markets driven by tourist seasons, customers tend to dwindle to a trickle in the off-season but swarm like locusts in the peak season. Such markets force quick-serve operators to construct a strategy that ensures thriving store operations amid wild swings in demand. Ervin Hernandez, a Miami-area...
Restaurant employees can now wear interactive ads on their uniforms.
Promotions
When Superior Uniform Group (sug) began manufacturing uniforms in 1920, chances are no one in the company ever thought it would launch a media division more than nine decades later. But in a sign of the times—in which more businesses than not are undergoing major technological transformations and...
McDonald's advertising department supported creative thinking and open office.
Story
Billions and billions sold. A veritable room full of creative awards, including the 4A’s “Best Five Year Campaign,” Advertising Age’s “Best Campaign of the Twentieth Century,” and the second-best Spokesclown of the Twentieth Century—not to mention a mess of Cannes Lions and Clios. So, how did all...
Humane food, like eggs from cage-free hens, is in high demand from consumers.
Outside Insights
Food production and agricultural sustainability seem to be on everyone’s mind these days. In fact, a report released in May by The International Food Information Council found that nearly 60 percent of Americans are now familiar with food sustainability issues. From best-selling books like Michael...
Fast casuals are grabbing a bigger share of the restaurant industry.
Story
Every year, many of us anxiously await the release of Technomic’s Fast Casual Top 100 report. Technomic’s Darren Tristano, one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry, gave me an interview and a sneak peek at the report. Here are his thoughts, followed by a few of my own. Darren, what is...