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.
When you’re a burger brand based on value, rising beef prices could mean a supply chain disaster. But at drive-thru chains Checkers and Rally's, vigorously staying ahead of commodities forecasts has shielded the sister brands from this year’s growing beef costs.
Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc., the largest double drive-thru chain in the U.S., honored its franchisees, employees, and suppliers during the company’s Best of the Best Awards Ceremony at its annual National Convention held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida from September 16 through 20. The awards recognize franchisees and employees who have achieved great success over the past year and have made an impact in their markets across the country.
The best drive thrus run like machines. Simple goals are met over and over: Orders go out quickly, the food is delivered fresh, and the right orders get to the right cars. But in the drive thru, pressure can run high and the smallest mistakes can prove catastrophic, backing up lines and spelling disaster for both customers and the restaurant’s bottom line.
Nicole Wilski, formerly a financial adviser for her family’s florist business, is now building a successful collection of Checkers units across the Detroit market. Wilski took her business administration education to the quick-serve restaurant world in 2009 and has since opened six Checkers in the Motor City.
Consolidated Distribution Corporation (CDC) has been selected to provide strategic foodservice redistribution services to Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc., the parent company of Checkers and Rally’s.
One appearance on CBS’s hit show “Undercover Boss” just wasn’t enough for two quick-serve industry execs. That’s why Subway chief development officer Don Fertman and Checkers president and CEO Rick Silva are going back for round two this Friday.
The “Epic Bosses” episode catches up with nine executives from past seasons of “Undercover Boss”, taking a look at what they learned and how their brands have since changed.
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 bottleneck, but there were other issues that technology and manpower couldn’t address.
So in November, Holmes installed a dual drive-thru lane.
Checkers/Rally’s may be known for its double drive thru and seasoned fries, says Checkers chief marketing officer Terri Snyder. But the brands are hoping their newest product, Loaded Potato Skins, will become just as popular.
The potato skins—a permanent item that feature full-sized, meaty potato skins covered with cheese sauce, bacon chunks, and ranch sauce and sold three for $2.99—were inspired by a trio of factors.
First, consumers simply love them, and it’s hard to get them anywhere else in the limited-service world, Snyder says.
Burger-and-fries chain Checkers is taking the Big Apple by storm on October 26 and 27 when it shows off its newly available single drive-thru concept on morning show “FOX & Friends.”
But Checkers won’t just be highlighting its new store design in pictures or words; the brand is actually building out a real restaurant right on the plaza next to the FOX News Channel building, where the brand will do live interviews, serve food to fans, and offer on-site entertainment for passersby.