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Under new ownership for just two years, Lenny’s Subs is getting a facelift both in terms of appearance and menu. In its home base of Memphis, Tennessee, one company-owned store has already been overhauled. The new color palette features cool grays, reds, and blues rather than muted beiges and taupe...
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With a background in entrepreneurship, technology, and brand design, Tim Young and Scott Drummond set out to bring together the best elements of the quick service and fast casual segments into one concept that symbolizes the essence of the healthy and sustainable zeitgeist. The new project, dubbed...
QSR better burger leader Culvers thrives on customer service and family environment.
Competition
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 enough for several...
QSR brands partner with equity firms to finance restaurant unit growth.
Finance
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. Each relationship is different, but experts say productive...
Industry News
Ask anyone walking down the street to recite the Papa John’s slogan, and chances are he will answer without skipping a beat, “Better ingredients. Better pizza. Papa John’s.” Ask him to explain the “how” behind those words and the answer will be less eager. Papa John himself—founder and CEO John...
Big QSR brands invest in research and development labs to create new products.
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Some savvy limited-service chains are suddenly taking very literally the long-held notion that fast food is a science. Both Wendy’s and Dairy Queen have recently opened new research labs aimed at better serving and better understanding their customers. The new Wendy’s lab, which the company calls...
QSR brands can build business and improve restaurant experience with these tips.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
Q: In a recent column you contrasted customer service and customer experience. I understand the difference now, but how should I work on my customer experience? A: So glad you asked! Customer experience is the new battlefield where the war for customers’ dollars and devotion is fought. And yet so...
California QSR franchisee invests in employees for strong job growth and promotion.
Franchising
When Farouk Diab immigrated to the U.S. from Israel in 1975, he secured his first job at a Wienerschnitzel Premium Hot Dogs in San Jose, California. Diab started as a janitor, but with a strong work ethic, he quickly climbed the company ladder to a managerial role. Recognizing Diab's dedication,...
AOL founder and investor Steve Case bets on upstart fast casuals like Sweetgreen.
Perhaps best known for cofounding America Online (AOL) and later serving as its CEO, Steve Case has now turned his attention to foodservice.
QSR brands find equity finance partners to fund future growth.
Quick-service operators looking for external financial support often find an attractive option in private equity firms.
News and insights from last year in top QSR brands in restaurant industry.
Read the ProfilesBrowse the Big ChartSee The ContendersSegmentsBurgerSandwichSnackMexicanPizza/PastaChickenAsianSeafood1.McDonald’sThe Golden Arches’ now-years-long slump has shifted from curious anomaly to serious quagmire, a challenge that company brass seem to grow more impatient with
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.
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.
Older QSR chains work on fresh marketing and store design to be young again.
At Zaxby’s annual convention in San Diego last April, there was plenty of celebration for the chicken-peddling chain, its franchisees, and vendors, highlighted by a private concert from country music superstar Tim McGraw.Amid the festive atmosphere, however, there was also much reflection.