McAlister's Deli

Raising the Bar on Lent Seafood Specials

Datassential finds that 50–54 percent of consumers want fish sandwiches to be a permanent menu item.

It’s the time of year when limited-time offers with a seafood slant start migrating onto menus. Quick-serve operators have long served fish sandwiches and other seafood specials during Lent, a six-week period between Ash Wednesday and Easter in which many consumers reduce their consumption of richer foods, specifically meats. 

Cajun Shrimp Returns to McAlister’s for a Limited Time

McAlister'sDeli announced the return of its popular New Orleans-inspired Cajun Shrimp through April 2, 2015. To celebrate the return of one of guests' favorite menu items, McAlister's has launched the For the Love of Shrimp sweepstakes where one fan will win a trip for two to New Orleans.

McAlister’s to Open Its First NC Pick-Up Window

McAlister's Deli announced today that it will open a location in Goldsboro, North Carolina, in April 2015 at 431 North Berkley Boulevard. The new location will be owned and operated by the Charlotte-based franchise group, Southern Deli (SD) Holdings. Goldsboro will mark the 24th location in the state for SD Holdings.

"McAlister's Deli is pleased to become a part of the Goldsboro community," says SD Holdings CEO, Yaron Goldman. "We look forward to bringing McAlister's friendly atmosphere, unique menu, and genuine hospitality to the local residents of Goldsboro."

McAlister’s Lite Choose Two Menu Offers 250-Plus Options

McAlister's Deli announced that its “Lite Choose Two” menu now offers more than 250 options under 600 calories to help guests kick off their New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier now and throughout the year. The menu features a variety of low-calorie sandwiches, spuds, salads, and soups, including McAlister’s new Tomato Bisque.

McAlister’s “Lite Choose Two” menu pairs existing menu items for quick, easy, and lighter dining decisions. Calorie counts are listed next to each of the pairings, which include:

McAlister's Welcomes New President Carin Stutz

McAlister’s Deli has named Carin Stutz President effective November 17, 2014. McAlister’s Deli is a fast-casual deli concept with more than 330 restaurants in more than 24 states. 

“Carin’s vast experience in building great teams, creating brand differentiation, driving operations, and delivering results make her an ideal candidate for the position,” says FOCUS Brands CEO Steve DeSutter. “I feel confident that McAlister’s will continue to thrive under her leadership and industry expertise.”

McAlister's Inks Houston Deal

McAlister's Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant chain, announced it has signed an agreement with new franchise group Southwest Concepts to open 10 locations throughout the Houston metropolitan area, with one location slated to open in 2015. McAlister’s currently has six restaurants throughout the Houston market and will also open two additional locations in 2015 with existing franchisees.

Seasoned Professionals

Along the Ohio River Road in Lesage, West Virginia, sits Hillbilly Hot Dogs, a destination stop for locals and tourists alike.

When winter hits, however, Hillbilly’s popular—and wildly distinctive—weenie stand sees a sharp, double-digit decline in revenue, says Sharie Knight, who opened the self-deprecating eatery with her husband, Sonny, in 1999. The sales drop is tough on the business, demanding ownership make some shrewd, strategic decisions to ensure the restaurant meets its annual financial targets.

“You really have to store your nuts,” Knight says.

McAlister's Expands Big Bold Menu

McAlister's Deli announced today it has expanded its "Big Bold" menu by adding the New Orleans Muffuletta and a new catering option, the Big Bold Catering Box. "Our 'Big Bold' sandwiches have been incredibly popular among guests,” says McAlister's Chief Marketing Officer Donna Josephson. “By adding the muffuletta to the lineup and offering a catering option, we are giving guests more of what they already love.