Shane’s Rib Shack offers several barbecue and rib menu options.
Emerging Concepts
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Barbecue is both family food and community food, says Shane Thompson, founder of Shane’s Rib Shack. He says people enjoy it at backyard gatherings, tailgate parties, family events, and—for the past eight years—at a growing number of restaurants Thompson started with little more than an idea and his...
Local high school students are the next generation of consumers.
Promotions
Tommy Haddock recently opened his 44th Bojangles’ unit, a standalone brick store in a budding retail district in Cary, North Carolina. Haddock’s stores thrive on passionate, young customers—especially high school students—who treat his stores like a social hub and often visit at lunch and after...
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Denise Lee Yohn has a list of New Years resolutions for brands in 2011.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR’s Marketing Guru
Ah, the New Year. A time for new beginnings. A chance for a fresh start, to break old bad habits and get on the right track. At a time when people are resolving to eat less, exercise more, and spend more time with friends and family, I think quick serves might want to turn over a new leaf as well....
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Facebook ordering platforms take quick-serve food to the online masses.
Social Media
Facebook now boasts 500 million active users. The average Facebook user clicks the Like button nine times, writes 25 comments, and becomes a fan of two pages each month, according to Mashable’s Facebook Factlook. The average user also has 130 friends on the site—giving their Likes a wide reach of...
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Expanding fast food companies have several real estate options to choose from.
Growth
Being in the right place at the right time is the key to success in any business. And as the nation finally begins to climb out of one of the worst recessions in U.S. history, a number of quick-service companies are advising their franchisees that, with soft real estate prices, lower construction...
Electric vehicles are gaining in popularity and should soon affect quick serves.
Sustainability
It wasn’t so long ago that restaurants kept their books with paper and pencil, advertised mainly in print and on television, and offered coupons that existed in actual tangible newspapers. But advances in various technologies, from POS monitors to the Internet to mobile devices, have changed all of...
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Roy Bergold says Facebook has changed traditional methods of advertising.
Roy Bergold: Tales from McDonald’s
The subject is social media. I admit I am nowhere near an expert on this relatively new form of advertising and interaction, but my editor has asked me for my viewpoint. Far be it from me not to interject my opinions. When I first heard of Facebook, I thought it was another name for a scrapbook. It...
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George Green thinks fast casuals will be effected by economic changes.
George Green: Fast-Casual Expert
Continued Commodity Pressures Many of the forces that caused the crazy commodity price increases several years ago are still at work: concerns about supply, rising energy costs, growing worldwide demand, and financial speculation through recently developed financial instruments. As most...
Quick service brands add sustainable seafood items to fight ocean climate change.
Sea Change
Though U.S. consumption is well below other proteins today, seafood will likely be an increasingly important part of the American diet in the years to come. The country’s population is predicted to grow by 89 million between 2010 and 2050 to 401 million people. More people require more food—and...
The One-Stop Shop
Convenience stores are increasingly taking a larger slice out of the quick-serve pie with fresh food offerings. It’s become such a lucrative business for C-stores that Sheetz, the Pennsylvania-based C-store chain that this week opened its 500th location, is planning stores designed more as fast...
Quick service restaurants relaunch to build franchising program.
Franchise Fixes
Companies have good reasons for acquiring franchise brands. Often they see potential in a brand and hope to use their own resources to build it into a national contender. Many brands, though, need a healthy dose of TLC after acquisition. And some companies have found that a good rebranding can...
More Wall Street investors look to buy stock in fast casual and quick service concepts.
The Push for Public
When fast-casual chain Zoës Kitchen Inc. debuted on the New York Stock Exchange last April, the Plano, Texas–based Mediterranean-style eatery recorded its initial public offering at $87.5 million. Satisfying an investor appetite for investments within the trendy fast-casual space, Zoës’ strong...
Quick service restaurant executives run charity effort to raise funds for cancer research.
A Personal Connection
When Lori Newcomb found out she had stage III ovarian cancer last year, she made it her mission to learn more about the disease and help other women fighting the same battle. She sat down with her husband, Chris Newcomb, cofounder and CEO of Southern quick-service chain Newk’s Eatery, and together...
10 Challenges for Fast-Casual Leaders
While the fast-casual category continues to be the fastest-growing industry sector, the road in 2015 will be bumpy. We will see constant change and challenges around every corner. For industry leaders, there are issues that will keep even the most seasoned executive awake at night.  Here is my top...