Serving alcohol at quick serves can appeal to the casual-dining customer.
Competition
From his Colorado office, Boston Market CEO Lane Cardwell is targeting some free agents—dining free agents, that is. “There are some customers out there open to where they’ll be eating, and Boston Market is happy to capture that business,” Cardwell says. Cardwell is referring specifically to the...
Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts, believes a proposed kids' meal to
Executive Insights
San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar recently proposed a ban on toys and incentives in kids’ meals in his district, sparking hot debate within the quick-service industry over the best way to fight the spread of childhood obesity. This comes on the heels of a similar regulation this spring in Santa...
Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis wants to take Dunkin' Donuts from a New England
Executive Insights
The midst of the worst recession in decades may seem like a tough time to take the reins of a restaurant company that sells discretionary treats not needed in the everyday diet. However, Nigel Travis, whom Dunkin’ Brands hired to head its Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands in January 2009,...
Franchisors and franchisees must have a strong relationship to make their brand
Franchising
Andrew Stern’s New York City–based company, Five Points Partners, owns franchises of several brands, including Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway, and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. After seven years as a franchisee under different brands, Stern knows the difference between a strong and productive relationship...
Operators opening their second unit must learn how to balance their time between
Emerging Concepts
Q: Now that I have a second store, is there a way to better use my time at both? One of the first things I would suggest someone in the restaurant business do is ready, aim, fire. You absolutely have to know where you want to go before you begin anything. People often make the mistake of starting...
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If a commercial lease is negotiated properly, an operator can benefit for a long
Growth
For many restaurant owners, negotiating a good lease or lease renewal against an experienced agent or landlord can be a challenge. While a restaurateur thinks of marketing, managing, and menus, savvy real estate agents and brokers are specialized sales people. Their job is to sell restaurant...
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Some quick-serve restaurants find that catering is a strong source of revenue in
Menu Innovations
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The wedding dinner was prepped for the oncoming slew of guests: Stainless steel chafing dishes lined the buffet tables, silverware sat wrapped in cloth napkins and silver rings, and servers stood at the ready in black slacks and white dress shirts. It was a fine feast to celebrate the sharing of...
George Green: Fast-Casual Expert
In past columns, I have expressed both my disdain for most discounting at fast-casual restaurants and my general pessimism regarding the state of the U.S. economy. I have not changed my views on either subject in recent months. We are in for a slow and rocky recovery, and discounting can cause...
Health and wellness restaurant CEO shares his history in starting nutritious brand.
Start to Finish: Matthew Corrin
I worked in the fashion business, so I became super focused and super aware of the importance of health and wellness and looking great in front of cameras through my first job out of college. And I basically surrounded myself with a bunch of these mom-and-pop delis in Manhattan that were catering...
Fast food giant Burger King stirred up controversy with purchase of Canada brand Tim Hortons.
Burger King’s Big Move
In a move that shook the fast-food industry earlier this week, Burger King announced its official merger with Canadian coffee-and-doughnuts concept Tim Hortons. The new company, to be headquartered in Canada, will be the third-largest quick-service company in the world, with more than 18,000...
Quick service restaurant brands hire workers by the season to cover busy times.
Always in Season
Running a quick-service restaurant often requires relying on seasonal employees who come from high school or college, or stay-at-home parents who work when school is in session. Many of these employees tend not to stick around for longer than a season, which means operators must constantly invest...
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...
Fast food brands jump on board pumpking flavor trend with innovative menu items.
Beyond Pumpkin
Pumpkin has long reigned as king of the fall, but this year, limited-service brands are not just adding a pumpkin pastry and calling it a season. Instead, several quick-service and fast-casual concepts introduced non-pumpkin products and innovative spins on the pumpkin flavor, while also launching...
Food service operators open mobile carts and trucks to serve menu at events.
Taking This Show on the Road
Forget the rock-hard pretzels and suspicious-looking hot dogs that cart vendors were once known for. Nowadays, the mobile foodservice space is populated by specialty coffee concepts, gourmet popcorn carts, and Korean barbecue on wheels. And business is booming for these operators as they look to...
Quick service restaurants like Arbys launch charity events to raise money and awareness.
Fighting Hunger, One State at a Time
When Arby’s Hungry for Happiness mobile tour pulls into town, people notice. It’s hard to miss the fire-engine red semi truck and trailer emblazoned with a beaming young girl enchanted by a bite of giant watermelon. But the rolling outfit, on the streets in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No...