Modmarket

Beyond Pumpkin

Sure, pumpkin is king of the fall. But brands have other tricks up their sleeve this fall season.
Fast food brands jump on board pumpking flavor trend with innovative menu items.
Au Bon Pain's fall menu is comprised of a Pumpkin Croissant, Pumpkin CroisBun, Caramel Apple Bar, Pumpkin Pie Latte, and Oven Hot Turkey & Cheddar on 9-Grain Cranberry Ciabatta sandwich.

Pumpkin has long reigned as king of the fall, but this year, limited-service brands are not just adding a pumpkin pastry and calling it a season. Instead, several quick-service and fast-casual concepts introduced non-pumpkin products and innovative spins on the pumpkin flavor, while also launching creative marketing campaigns to bring customers in the door.

Modmarket to Open First Texas Location

Colorado-based farm-fresh eatery Modmarket is set to open its first Texas location Tuesday, September 9, in Flower Mound. This is the first of four Modmarket locations opening in the Dallas area over the next nine months. It joins eight stores in and around Denver, Boulder, and Longmont, Colorado.

On grand opening day, various prizes, including a Richardson Bike Mart cruiser bike, Pure Barre gift card, and Luke’s Locker gift card, will be awarded to guests who register at the restaurant.

Fresh Bread

Bread may be the staff of life, but it’s really pretty basic: flour, water, yeast, and salt, or some sort of substitute for the latter two. However, the way these items are combined, as well as other ingredients that are added, can make a huge difference in taste and texture, as quick-service operators are increasingly discovering.

Modmarket Opens Eighth Unit in Home Market

Modmarket, the Colorado-based farm fresh eatery, announced it will open its eighth Colorado restaurant Friday, May 23, in Highlands Ranch. The newest Modmarket joins others in Longmont, Boulder, Denver, and surrounding communities in Colorado.

On grand opening day, the first 50 guests in line will each receive a $25 Modmarket gift card. Various prizes, including a one month free supply of popchips, IM=X Pilates Highlands Ranch gift certificates, yoga mats, and other healthy-living items, will also be awarded throughout the day to those who register at the restaurant.

The Future of Franchising

How the franchise model is adapting to today’s marketplace.

Fast food brands change franchising model to succeed in economic climate.
Corner Bakery is preparing for aggressive growth through experienced, multiunit franchisees.

Anthony Pigliacampo is like few of his predecessors in the quick-service game.

Pigliacampo is the founder of Modmarket, a Colorado-based concept that continues to earn rave reviews for its modern environment and high-quality food, and which had six stores open at the end of 2013. By the end of this year, Modmarket’s unit count will jump to 13 and then to at least 24 by the end of 2015.

What makes Pigliacampo different from his peers is that all of that growth will be through company-owned stores.

Breaking the 7 Unwritten Rules

How some operators succeed by going against the industry’s conventional wisdom.

Every industry has its unwritten rules for success, a series of dos and don’ts that conventional wisdom suggests are the path to profits.

The quick-serve industry is no exception. For decades, companies have operated under a series of assumptions that guide their business decisions and compose their operations manuals. And many of these brands would suggest they’ve been all the wiser—and richer—by playing by the rules.