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Consumers are drinking more … coffee and specialty beverages, that is. According to the National Restaurant Association’s annual forecast, snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars are estimated to witness a 5.2 percent sales boost in 2015. This burgeoning popularity helps explain how two sister...
QSR brands must change pay models to incorporate new government regulations.
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When President Barack Obama announced a sweeping change to the country’s overtime pay law on June 30, the ripples from the first proposed adjustment in decades were immediately felt throughout the retail industry. To some employees, it could spell the end of working extra hours without additional...
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Putting a dish like pasta in a cone might seem like a wholly American way to rush through a leisurely meal. But for Emanuele Attala, chef and co-owner of the Spaghetti Incident in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the inspiration came from his hometown of Rimini, Italy. “During the summer they do a...
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Technology has long been lauded as the saving grace of an industry that relies heavily on efficiency, but amidst all of the marketing, hopes, and hype, it can be hard to tell what the big picture of restaurant tech really looks like for operators on a day-to-day basis. In an enlightening...
QSR sandwich chain executive talks inspiration to buy company.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
I remember falling in love with Capriotti’s in college. My roommate, lifetime friend, and now current business partner came home one day praising Capriotti’s as the best sandwich he had ever had. After a week, he practically dragged me there himself. He was right: It was the best sandwich I'd ever...
QSR restaurant concepts streamline unit design to better manage customer traffic.
Design
Operators are often looking to improve their store throughput, or the efficiency with which they get customers through the restaurant. But at least one industry expert thinks that as they do so, they’re overlooking the business potential of zone merchandising to both speed throughput and boost...
QSR operators work to make higher wages effective in restaurant operation.
Human Resources
The minimum wage is on the mind of most quick-service operators today, especially as many states and cities pass regulations that bump the minimum wage upward. But when Moo Cluck Moo founder Brian Parker and his team first sat down to discuss employee pay, he says, the minimum wage wasn’t even a...
QSR brands find equity finance partners to fund future growth.
Finance
Quick-service operators looking for external financial support often find an attractive option in private equity firms. But finding the right partner takes effort, research, and a little bit of soul searching. Colleagues and industry contacts are good places to start when considering private equity...
Quick service restaurant operators use high tech products to improve customer experience.
Staying on trend, particularly when it comes to technology, is a delicate balancing act for Back Yard Burgers. CEO David McDougall says there’s no question that the entire restaurant industry is moving away from cash and credit and toward mobile payment and ordering methods.
QSR brands can streamline their supply chain by enhancing the distribution system.
Every restaurant company wants to grow. If you aren’t growing, you’re vanishing. To grow means that you are increasing same-store sales, increasing EBIDTA, or opening new locations.
In addition to helping conserve cash, bartering often leads to additional exposu
Twenty years ago, Toni Foley began bartering. These days, she won’t run her restaurant—five-year-old Eastside Café in Fairport, New York—without the practice.
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.
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.