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After 33 years in the barbecue business, Woody Mills and his partner, Yolanda Mills-Mawman, have discovered that the best way to keep their fans coming back for more is to throw in the occasional pleasant surprise. While the bulk of their business is founded on tried-and-true signature dishes and comfort food sides—many of which...
Which Wich is taking its premium sandwich options to global markets.
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Which Wich has come a long way in its short existence. Ten years after QSR put founder Jeff Sinelli on its cover and called him a “branding phenom”—before a single Which Wich had even opened—the sandwich chain is franchising internationally for the first time. The brand, with its “Superior Sandwiches”...
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Popeyes Louisiana Chicken announced that CSE was its 2012 Supplier of the Year. CSE is a 33-year-old branded merchandise agency specializing in promotional products, uniforms, name badges, awards, large-format printing, and fulfillment. Every year at its annual convention, Popeyes Louisiana Chicken selects one supplier that exceeds...
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During the first-ever Alabama Gulf Seafood Summit, more than 100 attendees representing all segments of the seafood chain gathered at the Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, Alabama, to explore how best to move the Gulf seafood industry forward for businesses in the state.
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Teriyaki Madness sells popular Seattle staple across West Coast U.S.
Emerging Concepts
Rod Arreola, along with his brother Alan and cousin Eric Garma, grew up in Seattle, where teriyaki restaurants are commonplace. When they learned the rest of America didn’t have the same access to the Japanese flavors they loved, they decided to bring teriyaki to the masses, starting in Las Vegas.
A Chick-fil-A restaurant boosted sales by opening a second drive thru lane.
Operations
Tony Holmes had a problem: The drive thru at his high-traffic Chick-fil-A restaurant in Apex, North Carolina, was too crowded. For nearly two years, he tried line busting with employees outside wearing headsets. Then he gave those employees handheld remote units to streamline ordering. Both methods helped alleviate the drive thru’s...
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From March 15 through May 31, Ben & Jerry's scoop shops are serving up the Liz Lemon Schmake, which consists of the new Greek Frozen Yogurt flavor, Liz Lemon, blended with Berry Berry and sorbet. In addition to the Schmake, Ben & Jerry's is offering the Liz Lemon Waffle Bowl Sundae. The item includes a freshly baked...
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All set to drive sales and enhance the dining experience at Broaster Chicken restaurants, The Broaster Company is launching six on-trend dipping sauce flavors, as well as a spicy chicken filet. Together, they enhance The Broaster Company line of products that includes chicken tenders, shrimp, boneless wings, bone-in wings, and chicken...
Be Prepared to Clean and Disinfect Bodily Excretions

When vomit, diarrhea, or other bodily excretions mar the environment in a quick-service restaurant, a rapid, well-planned response is imperative. 

It’s essential to clean and disinfect the contaminated area promptly to prevent the spread of illness and protect the health of...

Quiznos and Sbarro both filed for bankruptcy to relieve debt.
Quiznos & Sbarro: What Went Wrong?

Quiznos and Sbarro this month became the latest two quick-service chains to file for bankruptcy, the result, experts say, of not being able to keep up with the growing competition in their respective categories.

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...

Quick service restaurants hire summer workers for popular seasonal job.
It's Hiring Time

On the heels of the latest jobs report, which revealed that restaurants added more than 30,000 jobs in March—the 49th consecutive month of growth for the industry—limited-service operators are well positioned for the incoming summer season.

Quick service brands enhance nutritional profile of favorite foods like pizza.
A Picture of Health

Fast food gets a bad rap. The industry is actively cutting back on calories, sodium, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and other ingredient components that are detrimental to nutrition, but consumers and watchdogs alike are still quick to point fingers when the nation’s health woes...

Artisanal bread maker La Brea rebranded to expand vision for foodservice future.
Rising to the Occasion

La Brea Bakery rebranded itself for the first time in 25 years, updating its logo, packaging, and café to reflect its expanding vision while also doubling down on its commitment to supply fresh bread both to foodservice companies and consumers.

La Brea, which was originally built to...

Quick serves can improve and innovate menu items with bold spices and flavors.
The Art of “Right-Spicing”

Sometime in the late 1990s, I was in Albuquerque with a sweet tooth and a few extra minutes before my flight. Working my way through a busy retail area, I happened upon a hole-in-the-wall pie shop offering what were, at the time, some of the most unusual pastries I’d ever seen or heard of...

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...

A Maui Wowi quick service franchisee keeps his day job while running restaurant.
Balancing Act

Franchisees entering the quick-service space might not need to quit their day job, after all.

A high school teacher for going on 11 years, Chad Knee recently ventured into the quick-serve industry with fruit smoothie and coffee retailer Maui Wowi Hawaiian, opening his first unit in June....