U.S. cities like Dallas provide fast food operators with resources to grow.
Growth
When it comes to business, everyone wants to be in the middle of the action, which is why quick-serve brands like Shake Shack, Fatburger, and McDonald's establish their corporate headquarters in big cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, respectively. But not every brand can—or wants to—...
Chipotle builds awareness for food responsibility through its Cultivate festival
Promotions
Consumers are bombarded with advertisements every day, from commercials during their favorite TV shows to sponsored Facebook ads on their newsfeed. Rather than getting lost in the shuffle, limited-service brands are looking to a new approach to marketing to increase their brand awareness and build...
Arby's leverages employees suggestions for new menu development.
Menu Innovations
Too many cooks in the kitchen? Not at Arby’s, where a new product-development program means the more ideas, the tastier. The product-idea program, dubbed “Hey Chef Neville!,” was developed as a way for restaurant teams and corporate employees to submit new menu ideas to Arby’s culinary team, helmed...
Sbarro is rolling out a new fast casual prototype with more premium menu items.
Industry News
As fast-casual pizza concepts make their mark across America, one of the nation’s top 10 pizza chains is joining the growing movement. Sbarro will open its first Pizza Cucinova restaurant next week in a strip at Columbus, Ohio’s popular shopping center, Easton. The concept’s second and third units...
Flippin' Pizza growing quick-service franchise through staple menu item.
Emerging Concepts
In a world of novel-length menus and menuboards that fill entire walls, Flippin’ Pizza stands out for the simplicity of its offerings. Customers choose their sauce preference: white or red. There’s only one crust option, and whole pies come in an 18-inch size only. Pizza can be ordered by the slice...
Restaurant CEOs leverage coporate team to build powerful brand experiences.
Executive Insights
Every successful brand relies not only on its leader to craft and execute a winning brand strategy, but also on its executive team members to keep the concept running smoothly. A savvy CEO understands that his or her fellow C-suite members must consistently be inspired to be the highest-quality,...
Grocery stores have lessons to teach fast food restaurants about marketing.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR’s Marketing Guru
Q: A Whole Foods just opened a block down the street. Should I be worried? A: Yes! While a nearby Whole Foods is likely to draw traffic and attract higher-income customers to your area, it's also likely to steal sales from your restaurant. People now perceive grocery stores, including Whole Foods,...
Quick serve brands are using strong customer service to build drive thru sales.
In the Store
The best drive thrus run like machines. Simple goals are met over and over: Orders go out quickly, the food is delivered fresh, and the right orders get to the right cars. But in the drive thru, pressure can run high and the smallest mistakes can prove catastrophic, backing up lines and spelling...
Quick service brands make impact on restaurant industry with big news events.
2014’s Top 9 Stories
It’s fair to say that 2014 has been as eventful a year for quick-service restaurants as the industry has seen in quite a while. Changing demographics and sharper competition have sparked a variety of innovations, but also exposed some weaknesses. And the unrelenting march of technology is changing...
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 operators offer alcoholic beverages to eliminate customer veto vote.
No Hangover in Sight
When news that more quick-serve and fast-casual restaurants were experimenting with alcohol beverage service emerged in the last decade, many operators and experts followed it with a skepticism chaser. Analysts warned that costly liquor licensing, regulatory details, and staffing issues were just a...
Ideas and insights from 17 years of top quick service industry publication QSR magazine.
200 Ideas for 200 Issues
The quick-service restaurant industry is always changing, and for 17 years and 200 issues, QSR has been there to write it into the history books. As the leading source of news and information for the industry, we’ve watched trends come and go, brands rise to prominence while others fade away, and...
Quick service restaurant brands ready health care plans ahead of January deadline.
Are You Prepared?
Come next month, the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health-care reporting provision for businesses with 50 or more full-time employees kicks in. Experts say operators must be certain if they fit into the category of Applicable Large Employer (ALE) or Small Business. “The law combines companies with a...
The top quick service restaurant brands from year 2014 served new menu items, technology, innovation.
2014’s Top Brand Stories
It’s that time of year. Time to look back and reflect upon the brand developments in quick service from the past year—from the surprising to the exciting and the defining—that seemed most important. Innovation and growth are a couple of the common themes among the top fast-food brand stories of...
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...