New celebrity driven quick service brand serves customized veggie bowls in DC.
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Esteemed chef José Andrés, famous for fine-dining restaurants like the Bazaar and Zaytina, entered the limited-service sphere with the Washington, D.C., fast-casual concept Beefsteak, which opened in March. Don’t be confused by the name, though. What sounds like an homage to red meat is really a...
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Baked goods have long been the literal bread and butter of Panera’s breakfast menu, but the new Power Almond Quinoa Oatmeal furthers the brand’s shift toward healthier options. Launched on the first day of spring, the Power Almond Quinoa Oatmeal includes organic quinoa, steel-cut oats, toasted...
Quick service brands can explore innovative potato dishes like poutine.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
What can I possibly tell you about potatoes, dear quick-serve industry professional, that you don’t already know? It’s not as though you’re unacquainted with America’s favorite starch. You may even know that it’s the world’s fourth-largest food crop, trailing behind only rice, corn, and wheat,...
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Quiznos' international business has been hot lately, including a recent deal in China that could be the largest deal in franchising history. Quiznos announced that it signed a 1,500-unit deal with the Parkson Retail Group of China, a retail arm of Malaysia-based The Lion Group. The units will be...
Quick service burger concept Culvers celebrates farmers through Thank You program.
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Before their guests bite into a ButterBurger or enjoy a spoonful of frozen custard, Culver’s franchisees want them to know about the most important stakeholder in the Culver’s system, the people who help make the burgers and custard possible: the farmers. Since its rollout two years ago, the chain’...
Quick service sushi and Asian menus have room for new ideas according to chef Chris Jaeckle.
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Chris Jaeckle is a classically trained chef who honed his skills at renowned New York City restaurant Morimoto before opening his own fine-dining venture, All’onda. Now he’s also a cofounder of New York’s Uma Temakeria, a fast casual that serves temaki, which are cone-shaped, hand-rolled sushi...
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The week before Easter can be a two-step shuffle for HoneyBaked Ham: The café tables and chairs are temporarily removed to make room for the throngs of customers picking up orders of ham. The same procedure is performed in the weeks preceding Thanksgiving and Christmas. While the switch-up is not...
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It's that time of the year again: QSR is looking for the quick-service industry’s best franchise deals. Weighing investment figures, sales trends, and corporate support, among other things, we've produced one the industry's annual can't-miss franchise reports for the last five years. Think your...
QSR better burger leader Culvers thrives on customer service and family environment.
Sitting along the winding Wisconsin River in southern Wisconsin, the town of Sauk City was originally the site of an ambitious Indian village, one that an 18th century visitor called “the largest and best built Indian town [he] ever saw.”“It contains about 90 houses, each large eno
Fast food restaurant brands trace food source to protect quality and safety.
Technological advances have influenced the restaurant industry in obvious ways, including through virtual reservations, online reviews, and increased customer interaction through social media.
QSR operators move operations systems to cloud based technology.
You would be hard pressed to find a quick-service operator who, when asked why they started their own business, answered by saying it was to become the CIO of the company.
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.
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.