A Raleigh Bruegger's Bagels uses unique design elements to fit development.
In the Store
A Raleigh, North Carolina, Bruegger’s Bagels unit has raised the bar for what’s possible in the site-selection process. Opened in 2009 as part of the years-long redevelopment of Raleigh’s North Hills shopping and entertainment district, the standalone Bruegger’s is encircled by high-end boutiques,...
Chipotle announced effort to remove GMO foods from entire restaurant menu.
Ingredients & Dayparts
Last year, activists in California collected 1 million signatures to put the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act on the November 2012 ballot. Named Proposition 37, the measure sought to make California the nation’s first state to require the labeling of foods that included...
Extra employees at quick service brands like Fazoli's give customer service help
In the Store
It’s noon on a weekday and the town’s fast-casual hot spot is hopping, with customers lined up past the front doors. When the manager sees the massive crowd, one question comes rushing to his mind: How can we keep all of these patrons at our restaurant? Quick serves and fast casuals alike are faced...
Green practices from fast food brands like Roti don't always build business.
Sustainability
Sustainability is increasingly top of mind for both brands and consumers. But a recent study from The Hartman Group, a firm that studies consumer culture, showed that consumers don’t always reward sustainable brands with their purchases, despite the fact that they want to see companies using...
Quick serves train employees to handle customer complaints and misbehavior.
Industry News
National news headlines have recently been peppered with stories of quick-serve customers behaving badly and employees keeping their cool. From last year’s video of a Chick-fil-A drive-thru employee smartly handling an irate customer to this year’s story of a Dairy Queen crewmember who stood up to...
Industry News
Consumers don’t often know what fresh means to a given brand. But for fresh&co, the label in its moniker is central to a menu built on regional, locally sourced ingredients. The Manhattan-based chain was conceived by father-and-son duo Steve and George Tenedios in 2008. “What drove them to...
Female fast food leaders like Judy Camarena carry on family legacies.
Women in Foodservice
Like many kids with restaurant-owning parents, Christine Specht worked for the family business, sandwich chain Cousins Subs, while growing up. But then she went off to college to pursue other interests. “My parents were really great like that,” Specht says. “They would always have made a place for...
Industry News
Celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn wants to bring customers the good stuff. The former Top Chef contestant is prepared to franchise his family’s fast-casual burger concept, Good Stuff Eatery. Opened in July 2008 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the original Good Stuff Eatery took about a year to...
10 Challenges for Fast-Casual Leaders
While the fast-casual category continues to be the fastest-growing industry sector, the road in 2015 will be bumpy. We will see constant change and challenges around every corner. For industry leaders, there are issues that will keep even the most seasoned executive awake at night.  Here is my top...
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 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...
Quick service pizza restaurants roll out mobile apps and ordering tools.
Order’s Up
More than two decades ago, Pizza Hut sold its first pizza online—reportedly the first thing ever sold on the Internet. Ever since, the nation’s pizza chains have been leading the way in online sales innovation. And this year, that innovation is expected to continue as pizza brands fight off a stiff...
Quick service restaurant operators can survey equipment options at NAFEM Show.
2015 NAFEM Show Preview
THE Q&A We spoke with officials at the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers about what attendees can expect from this year’s event. What is the purpose of the NAFEM Show? The NAFEM Show features foodservice equipment and supplies from 500-plus manufacturers. At the show,...
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...