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Jonathan Kaplan made his fortune selling the rights to Flip Video to Cisco Systems for $590 million in 2009. Now, entrepreneur Kaplan has set his sights upon his second business: The Melt, a chain of fast-casual grilled cheese cafes.  Despite his lack of industry background, Kaplan has one...
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McDonald’s rolled out several promotional programs in conjunction with the new movie The Smurfs, one of which will invite kids to eat healthy and help plant trees at the same time. The new “Smurf the Earth” program in the U.S. will encourage kids to order Apple Dippers with their Happy Meal through...
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Del Taco has a new logo and is testing a new restaurant prototype.   After months of research, both are making their first appearance together at new locations in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as Irving and McKinney, Texas. The company’s new logo will be phased in through marketing...
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Sonic chairman and CEO Clifford Hudson knows the numbers, and although he may cringe, he certainly does not cower from the realities or the challenge. After 22 consecutive years of same-store sales growth, Sonic’s systemwide sales numbers declined in both fiscal years 2009 and 2010. The falling...
Starbucks is one brand that has grown in other nations, like China.
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Over the last decade, American quick-service behemoths such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Pizza Hut have surged into international markets and captured diners’ interests with American dishes. But new data shows the whole industry might pay a price for that global growth. The growing appeal of U.S....
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The new advertising campaign for Colorado-based burger joint Good Times is using some traditional media platforms—as well as a good dose of humor—to support the chain’s popular custard and shake products this summer. The Rich & Cold campaign centers on the products’ flavorful, heat-busting...
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The Krystal Company today announced that it is exploring a possible sale of the company. It operates 364 company-owned and franchised restaurants in 11 states across the Southeast. Piper Jaffray Companies, a middle-market investment bank, has been engaged to assist in the process. “Having seen the...
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Cheeseboy: Grilled Cheese to Go, an upstart, Boston-based grilled-cheese concept, donated 100 percent of a recent day’s sales at its newest location to a family of camps for children with serious medical conditions. Thursday’s sales at the new unit, which opened recently at Boston’s Prudential...
QSR brands launch new delivery programs to expand business opportunities.
Q: Should our restaurant offer delivery service?A: These days, everyone seems to be doing delivery, right? Starbucks, Chipotle, McDonald’s, and Taco Bell are some of the big chains that have recently announced tests or rollouts of delivery service.
QSR brands plate fresh and natural ingredients to improve health and nutrition.
Fresh has become a mantra of the restaurant industry these days, and there’s nothing that conveys fresh better than using raw items, particularly fruits and vegetables.
Restaurant operators know that establishing strong relationships with vendors is
Richard Leivenberg, executive vice president for Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom in Venice, California, knows a thing or two about relationships.
QSR donut concept franchise owner uses leadership skills gained on Mt Everest.
Jeff Gottfurcht summited Mount Everest on May 14, 2011, at 6:10 A.M.
Fast casual healthy eating brand grows with fresh and nutritious food.
Eleven years ago, Matthew Corrin could be found ducking into GNC stores to order smoothies on a regular basis.
QSR brands partner with equity firms to finance restaurant unit growth.
Equity relationships are intended to be mutually beneficial, with the brands and their private equity (PE) partners both contributing—and both reaping the rewards. But brands may not know what to expect from the partnership as it matures.