New York City barbecue chain Dallas BBQ succeeds even with low prices.
In the Store
Dallas BBQ, a chain known for serving low-price, high-quality barbecue in 10 New York City locations, has managed to do what many brands can only dream of: operate on budget-friendly prices in an expensive area. Stuart Wetanson, a fourth-generation manager for the brand, says Dallas BBQ’s high...
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Fast food drive thrus are slowing down as consumers demand premium menus.
Industry News
Since the advent of the modern quick-service drive thru—some would say in the early 1970s, though the idea of a pick-up window has been around for much longer—operators have tinkered with the nuts and bolts to create a drive thru that is as fast, efficient, and pleasant as possible. Innovations...
More fast food brands, including Moe's, are using sustainable proteins on menus.
Sustainability
Sustainable practices are all the rage across the restaurant industry these days. The expansive show floors at the National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show in May confirmed that the momentum behind these initiatives isn’t waning. From tableware and takeout containers to faucets, lighting...
b.good offers fresh, natural burgers in a fast-casual environment.
Emerging Concepts
Friends since sixth grade, Anthony Ackil and Jon Olinto talked about starting a business together for years. They could only agree on one idea, however, and that was “making fast food real.” Ackil and Olinto trace their appreciation of “real food” to being fed after school by Ackil’s Uncle Faris,...
Millennial trends give quick serve restaurants marketing opportunity.
Alan Philips: Trends to Watch
“Young people today have been marketed to since they were newborns, because cartoons are made to sell cereal. So as a consequence, they have the most sophisticated bulls*** detectors of all time. ... If something is created in a boardroom, if something is created by consensus, if something is...
Industry News
Caribou Coffee announced that it will continue its support of those impacted by breast cancer through its 18th annual Caribou Coffee Amy's Blend program. A tribute to Caribou's original roastmaster, Amy Erickson, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 1995, the company hopes to address the...
Auntie Anne's latest mobile marketing campaign helped engage loyal customers.
Social Media
As mobile campaigns go, Auntie Anne’s latest really hit the sweet spot. To promote its new Honey Whole Grain Pretzel, the snack chain created a contest that helped the brand draw more than 200,000 registrants—far exceeding its 100,000 goal. Auntie Anne’s engaged customers through a virtual pretzel-...
Freshii founder Matthew Corrin supporting upstart companies with incubator.
Industry News
Healthy fast-casual concept Freshii has expanded rapidly since Matthew Corrin founded the company in 2005. Now Corrin hopes to fuel the growth of likeminded food entrepreneurs by launching a business accelerator, the Fresh Startups program, in partnership with consulting company Kinetic Café. “...
Quick service restaurant franchise owner used work ethic to climb from store manager.
The Franchisee Fast Track
Having started as a sandwich maker with Subway when he was 18 years old, Gurpreet Singh has spent nearly half his life in the quick-service industry. Now a Checkers franchisee, Singh has spent time in every quick-serve job imaginable: line worker, manager, general manager, and, today, franchisee....
Quick service brands can explore innovative potato dishes like poutine.
A New Plan for Potatoes
What can I possibly tell you about potatoes, dear quick-serve industry professional, that you don’t already know? It’s not as though you’re unacquainted with America’s favorite starch. You may even know that it’s the world’s fourth-largest food crop, trailing behind only rice, corn, and wheat,...
Quick service brands can explore innovative potato dishes like poutine.
A New Plan for Potatoes
What can I possibly tell you about potatoes, dear quick-serve industry professional, that you don’t already know? It’s not as though you’re unacquainted with America’s favorite starch. You may even know that it’s the world’s fourth-largest food crop, trailing behind only rice, corn, and wheat,...
Quick service restaurant chains invest in new growth with new finance and franchise strategies.
A Finance Refresh
Like much of the rest of the economy, the 2008 economic meltdown brought a massive slow-down to the quick-service franchise industry. The combination of tightfisted money lenders and general economic uncertainty put franchise businesses in a near impossible position when it came to accessing...
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...
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...