Atlanta-based Rising Roll Gourmet brings chef-inspired sandwich recipes to fast-
Emerging Concepts
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The name Rising Roll brings to mind homemade yeast bread, which requires time to expand, and that’s exactly what the Atlanta-based sandwich purveyor has been doing since partnering with Mike Lassiter of Franchising Concepts in 2003—taking time to grow. The gourmet sandwich shop concept was founded...
Taylor Gourmet focuses on quality ingredients, having fresh Philadelphia bread d
Emerging Concepts
Taylor Gourmet shows just how far Philadelphia natives will go to recapture the sandwiches of their youth. The deli and market concept was created by friends David Mazza and Casey Patten after they graduated from Penn State, moved to Washington, D.C., and started craving a taste of home. “We missed...
Renovations among quick-service franchises are a popular way to freshen a brand’
Competition
Four years ago, the winds of change moved Scott Gittrich, an experience that the Toppers Pizza CEO is appreciative for these days as his Wisconsin-based pizza chain pushes into a new decade with promise and purpose. While working with an advertising agency, Gittrich and his Toppers leadership team...
It’s important for restaurant chains to be honest, not emotional, when filing fo
Growth
The length of time companies filing for bankruptcy are allotted to develop a plan of reorganization is 120 days. One false move during that period or the months leading up to it can drastically reduce the chances of making it through the ordeal. QSR consulted lawyers, financial experts, and two...
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Franchising
Phil Friedman, chairman and CEO of McAlister’s Deli, is a firm believer in independent research of a company’s franchisees. Getting an independent read on the health of his franchise system has led to important changes in key operational areas, such as marketing and distribution. “It gives us...
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Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop is a growing sandwich franchise in the Northeast and S
Emerging Concepts
For those who enjoy the leftovers as much as Thanksgiving dinner itself, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop has a sandwich for you. It’s not that the Las Vegas–based concept serves leftovers. It just takes the flavor of a Thanksgiving-night refrigerator raid and makes it available all year long on a...
Human Resources
Consumers went through the recession cooking more often at home and searching for the best deals when dining out, while restaurant owners looked for creative ways to drive business and reduce costs. Staffing cuts, coupon offers, menu changes, adjusted store hours—you name it. The quick-service...
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The kitchen is a critical factor in determining if an empty restaurant building
Menu Innovations
Empty restaurants are everywhere. Some of those restaurant sites may have great potential and offer significant cost savings, provided the astute operator is willing to adjust expectations. It’s important to determine if the restaurant is empty because of the current economic recession, or if there...
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...