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...
Puerto Rico QSR brand expands business state side to Orlando.
Web Exclusive
Perched on one side of this upstart, food-court competitor, there’s a Five Guys. On the other side, there’s an A&W All American Food stand. But the fast-food joint often attracting the longest lines at the bustling Florida Mall in Orlando, Florida, is a chain that most mall-goers had never even...
Industry News
Doughnuts are enjoying something of a renaissance moment—even among burger and shake concepts. Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes introduced a limited-time dessert, the Jelly Donut Milkshake, which is blended with Rich’s doughnut holes. To add the jelly flavor, the recipe calls for Monin Wildberry...
QSR brands launch new delivery programs to expand business opportunities.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
Q: Should our restaurant offer delivery service? A: These days, everyone seems to be doing delivery, right? Starbucks, Chipotle, McDonald’s, and Taco Bell are some of the big chains that have recently announced tests or rollouts of delivery service. A lot of independent, technology-enabled...
Industry News
It’s quite possible you’re not aware of all that you’ve already missed this summer—from National Quiche Lorraine Day on May 20 to National Dry Martini Day on June 19. But don’t worry; you can make up for it by celebrating both of the culinary items (macaroni and Grand Marnier) highlighted for...
Health and nutrition fast casual innovates menu items for diet seekers.
Emerging Concepts
LYFE Kitchen cofounder and chief brand officer Mike Donahue says the growing concept offers convenient, affordable, great-tasting food that just happens to be healthy. “I don’t lead with the ‘H’ word,” he says. “People interested in healthy eating will find us.” But the “H” word is what sets LYFE...
Industry News
A bagel and a smoothie might not seem like a natural pairing, but Bruegger’s Bagels and Jamba Juice are looking to build a relationship that benefits both brands. “We had done some cobranding with Caribou in the past [and] what we learned was that the power of two really good brands can make an...
QSR brands hiring new immigrant employees must legally protect jobs.
In a country whose foreign-born population has eclipsed 13 percent of the total (some 41.3 million people), hiring immigrants has become as inevitable as it is important for quick-serve restaurant operators.And by keeping abreast of relevant laws, filing the right paperwork early and often, and ensu
Baked goods like cinnamon rolls give fast food restaurants a breakfast staple.
Baked goods have been a staple in the quick-serve industry for decades, but innovation in the space has boomed as several operators step up their a.m. offerings to compete in that increasingly lucrative daypart.Coffee concepts are a natural fit for baked goods.
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.
Top chefs open new QSR concepts to expand restaurant business portfolio.
Chefs in fast food are nothing new. Culinary Institute of America grad Steve Ells opened the first Chipotle more than 20 years ago.
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.
QSR brands partner with equity firms to finance restaurant unit growth.
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.