Freshii founder Matthew Corrin got his quick-service start at just 23 years old.
Executive Insights
In 1975, as a 17-year-old kid in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, Peter Cancro wasn’t even old enough to legally slice a sub. But that didn’t stop him from embracing his ambition and love for the fast-food industry. That year, Cancro purchased his first Mike’s Subs shop. He later built the brand to...
New fast food brands like Live Basil first start as innovative business ideas.
Industry News
It always starts with a simple idea. For Brian Bailey at Ichor Restaurant Group, it began with the idea that Ohioans needed better barbecue. Six years after that idea initially took hold, Old Carolina Barbecue opened the doors to its first unit, in Canton, Ohio. The company later opened California-...
Ice cream brands are increasing innovation to take business back from fro yo.
Consumer Trends
They seemed to pop up almost overnight. In strip malls and on street corners across the country, frozen-yogurt shops suddenly offered an exciting new option for America’s collective sweet tooth, teasing at healthfulness and innovating with self service and customization. Once concentrated mostly in...
Cinnabon president Kat Cole is one woman who has risen the fast food ranks.
Women in Foodservice
The foodservice industry has come a long way since the days when it was dominated by men, with more than half of the restaurant talent pool now made up of women. From the front counter to the corner office, women are increasingly influencing the future of the industry. Women’s standing in the quick...
Each social media channel has its ups and downs for quick-service brands.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR’s Marketing Guru
Q: While using Facebook and other social media networks, which is the best method and what works the most effectively? — Tom Brown, Owner, Harvey Milk's American Diner A: I bet social networking is both a source of excitement and of frustration for you, Tom, as it is for many others. Everyone's...
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Doc Popcorn plans to open approximately 15 new locations in Palace Entertainment venues across the country. The announcement follows the success of Doc Popcorn’s first PopCart unit at the Lake Compounce Amusement Park, a Palace Entertainment venue located in Bristol, Conneticut. Palace...
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The latest menu innovation at Tropical Smoothie Café is getting its share of attention from vegans, vegetarians, and “flexitarians” alike. That’s because they’re chicken strips—without the chicken. Created by Los Angeles–based Beyond Meat—a company that develops plant-based protein products meant...
Industry News
In celebration of National Frozen Yogurt Month—which kicks off June 1—16 Handles is launching its Artisan Collection, an assortment of self-serve frozen yogurt flavors and toppings crafted by a team of culinary chefs and experts.  16 Handles new Artisan Fro-Yo Collection launches with three flavors...
Auntie Anne’s invests in tomorrow’s talent.
Promise for the Future
Forget the age-old stereotype of teens being more interested in schlep than success. Auntie Anne’s corporate executives and franchise partners have seen first-hand that there is promising business potential in today’s high-school students. Fifty teens at the brand’s Leaders & Entrepreneurs...
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...
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...
Modern restaurants capitalize on traditional approaches.
Old School Meets New
Call it a reflection of consumers’ growing desire for local fare or their increasing demand for cleaner food with minimal processing and fewer ingredients. But one thing is for sure in foodservice today: What’s old is most decidedly new again. Both brands and customers are returning to an old-...
Quick service concepts like Rise in North Carolina are accepting bitcoin money.
Are Bitcoins Legit?
Despite controversies surrounding the virtual currency bitcoin, a growing number of quick-serve restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and bars are allowing their customers to pay for their food and beverages via the digital currency. Bitcoins are a currency that is transferred directly between buyer...
Quick service brands leverage franchise system for strategic growth.
The Franchise Formula
For upstart quick-service restaurants considering the move to franchising, the path can precipitate a major shift in business model and operations. Beyond the economic investment in franchising, experts say, operators must ensure their brand will consistently deliver quality across all locations. “...
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...
Quick service brand serves all vegan food to health conscious customers.
Ones To Watch: Native Foods Café
The owners of the vegan fast-casual concept Native Foods Café decided if they could make it in Chicago—home of cheesy deep-dish pizza and Vienna beef hot dogs—they could make it anywhere. Founded in Palm Springs, California, by a vegan chef in 1994, Native Foods Café grew into a four-store chain...
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...