The burger-scented candles, available on White Castle’s website, is a quirky add
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If you walk through your front door in the near future and your house is filled with the aroma of steam-grilled hamburger and onions, try not to get too excited. You might be having a salad for dinner. That’s because White Castle, the Columbus, Ohio–based chain known for its square-patty sliders,...
Seasonal workers are much appreciated by many quick-service restaurants, especia
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Summer can be a good thing for quick serves. Tourists come to town, high school students can work more hours, and profits often go up. But handling an increased flow of customers, replacing college employees who leave for the summer, and training the new staff can be difficult. Quick serves in...
Restaurants are working to stop federal regulations of salt from being put into
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With the release of an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report recommending the government regulate the amount of sodium in the nation’s food supply, the restaurant industry says it wants to take action—on its own. “The industry supports a voluntary, incremental approach to reducing sodium levels in...
Diners are looking for value on late-night menus, and restaurants must be aware
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When Greg Van Winkle walked into a McDonald’s in Manhattan, he just wanted to order two cheeseburgers off the $1 menu. But when he tried to, he couldn’t—it was past midnight. “As soon as 12 o’clock hits, the $1 menu is no more until 4 o’clock breakfast starts,” says the manager at the store. She...
The McDonald's fast-food chain knows how to keep profits up even during tough ec
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When a poster of McDonald’s Plan to Win was taken off a wall in corporate headquarters for a freshening-up, chief executive Jim Skinner personally intervened to get the strategy statement back in place ASAP. “I told people, never, ever take the Plan to Win down and leave it down—do whatever it...
The restaurant industry is packed with competition, and some leaders know how to
Executive Insights
Never before has innovation been as essential to running a successful quick-serve restaurant concept. During what has turned out to be the most daunting recession in our nation’s history, innovation has been the driving force for the concepts that are beating the odds. Often, the inspiration for...
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Barry Popkin, director of the Interdisciplinary Obesity Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of The World Is Fat, recently coauthored a study that concluded 20 years of research on the correlation between fast food prices and Americans’ health. The study detailed...
Detroit might be a reasonable location for quick serves to open up.
Franchising
It is not uncommon for someone to liken the economic situation in Detroit to the aftermath of a natural disaster. “To me, it’s like Katrina,” says Jeffery Elsworth, an associate professor at the School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. In Louisiana, “they lost over 200,000...
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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...
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...
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...
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...
Quick service restaurant franchisees prepare FDDs with unit economics in mind.
Prospering Over the Long Term
For years, the two most important words in franchising—for both franchisors and franchisees—have been unit economics. The success or failure of a franchise concept can pivot off of how well unit economics are tracked, managed, and improved. Yet many franchisors and franchisees alike pay inadequate...
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...