Industry News
You’ve probably heard the old saying, “bacon makes everything better;" clearly it makes for one tasty burrito. Back in 2009, fast-casual chain California Tortilla introduced burrito-lovers to the Bacon Chicken Club; now, it’s back by popular demand for a limited time only. Beginning this Monday,...
Cousins Subs is launching a new multiunit franchisee program in 2013.
Industry News
Whether they’re attending trade shows or paying visits to existing franchisees, quick-service operators still rely on boots-on-the-ground approaches to recruiting new franchisees. But with the economy still struggling to take off, some brand executives say a little creativity is also needed to...
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As the Valentine’s Day decorations slowly start to appear, Burger King Worldwide is showing guests the love by bringing back a fan-favorite deal on a beloved menu item. Now through Sunday, February 17, participating Burger King restaurants will serve up the brand’s classicOriginal Chicken Sandwich...
Farmers are pressured by increasing commodity costs due to the drought.
Ingredients & Dayparts
It was a dark day in September when Britain’s National Pig Association broke the news that pork products—including everyone’s favorite, bacon—would soon become a luxury because of dwindling pork supplies from the ongoing drought in the U.S. Though consumers around the world were left clutching...
Emerging Concepts
At Daniel Mancini’s walk-up window in Manhattan, the meatball bypasses its traditional role as pasta accessory and takes a shot at full-fledged stardom. Since opening Meatball Obsession last April, Mancini’s 225-square-foot shop has dazzled thousands with artisan-made meatballs served in a cup (yes...
Mimi’s Cafe is trying its hand at limited service with the French Revolution rei
Operations
Not long after it announced its French Revolution brand reimage program, casual-dining chain Mimi’s Cafe thinks it’s found the key ingredient to brand expansion. The new store-within-a-store concept—where guests can opt for a grab-and-go experience, a French bakery with gourmet coffees, a bistro,...
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Global restaurateur HMSHost is proud to announce the winners of the Fast & Fabulous Recipe Contest, a program that the company cosponsors with The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Jessica Hargrove and Lauren Fury, students at the CIA, were recognized as the winners of the contest for their...
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16 Handles, today’s most innovative frozen-yogurt brand, is launching a new fro-yo–based Hot Chocolate Affogato beverage in three flavors: Salted Caramel, Crème Brûlée, and Toasty Marshmallow.  16 Handles’ new Hot Chocolate Affogato merges the delight of cool, creamy frozen yogurt with the welcome...
Very Cool
For many Americans, there’s nothing like drinking a tall, cold glass of iced tea on a hot summer’s day. Whether plain, sweetened, infused with fruit flavors, or part of a specialty beverage, iced tea is increasingly popular nationwide. Limited-service restaurants have seen solid growth with iced...
Unusual quick service restaurant units locate in high traffic customer locations like casinos.
Uncommon Ground
A cruise ship on the Rhine River in Germany. The FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. A Toys“R”Us in Manhattan. The Camp Pendleton military base near San Diego. Where moving people are, quick-service restaurants want to be, a reality that continues shaping the rapid and aggressive evolution of the...
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 Leaders & Entrepreneurs...
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 franchisees prepare FDDs with unit economics in mind.
Prospering Over the Long Term
For years, the two most important words in franchising—for both franchisors and franchisees—have been unit economics. The success or failure of a franchise concept can pivot off of how well unit economics are tracked, managed, and improved. Yet many franchisors and franchisees alike pay inadequate...
Getting a Head Start
This year has been projected as a growth year for the restaurant industry, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs who dream of opening their own restaurant. Forty-seven percent of Americans’ food dollars are spent dining away from home, and restaurant sales are expected to hit a record high this...
QSR has singled out quick service restaurants like Toppers Pizza as emerging concepts.
Where Are They Now?
Each month, QSR singles out the quick-service and fast-casual brands we think will make a splash in the industry. Sometimes we’re right, and sometimes we’re… well, not. So which Ones to Watch brands are still on fire, and which ones have had their growth hopes doused? Here’s a look back at 15 Ones...