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Taco Bell plans to open between 300 and 350 “Cantina” locations by 2022, bringing its alcohol-focused concept to urban areas around the country. According to an article in Food & Wine, Taco Bell will focus on large cities, like Detroit, Pittsburgh, Boston, and New York, as it looks to expand...
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Count delivery as part of Amazon’s plan to infiltrate the foodservice industry. The e-commerce giant announced Friday a partnership with Olo, an online food ordering company armed with a star-studded client list. Amazon has long tried to dive into delivery with Amazon Restaurants, but hasn’t made...
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At least one fast casual brand is ready to take Panera Bread’s #KidsMenuChallenge. On Wednesday, Panera posted a video of founder Ron Shaich daring the rest of the industry to eat off their kids’ menu for a week, specifically calling out Wendy’s, Burger King, and McDonald’s. Garbanzo Mediterranean...
Brands are just like people; as they grow older, they mature, they change, and they suffer the same growing pains as the generations of brands that came before them. And now that the U.S. limited-service restaurant industry has been around for a century or so, brand growth can be seen just like...
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What is a chatbot? Chatbots have been around for a while now. But it is only recently that bots or, more specifically, chatbots have started making waves. New generation chatbots have the capability to become smarter over time due to their machine learning capabilities. These are sophisticated...
Checkers called off its convention as Hurricane Irma gained strength in the Atlantic. The team departed South Florida and drove to company headquarters in Tampa, gearing up for the worst. A chaotic few days passed. Other than some cosmetic scrapes, the system came through in solid shape. But there...
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The rising cost of chicken wings has put so much pressure on Buffalo Wings & Rings that executives formed an in-house chicken task force to find ways to tackle the problem.  “We meet every week to just go through and find out what we can do to alleviate some of the pressure,” says Tom Jenkins,...
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
I worked on a farm as a kid, so I’ve been in the food business my whole life, basically. I started at Carlson Restaurants as a manager-in-training in the late ’80s at TGI Fridays, and left years later as the president of Pick Up Stix—that’s really where I learned how to lead and learned a lot about...


In 2012, after some 22 years as Pizza Factory franchisees, Mary Jane Riva and her husband, Bob, added a new title to their business cards: franchisor.
Enterprise systems are more advanced than ever. Not only do they provide vital business information, but they can also make maintaining a consistent menu database across the brand easier than it’s ever been.
Starbucks has been in the news headlines plenty this year for innovating its menu with the launch of its brightly colored unicorn drink, which drove “significant traffic.” Fall, however, seems to be the time when Starbucks gets to truly flex its specialty flavor muscles with the return of its e
Running a successful restaurant is more than serving quality food and drinks; it requires a business owner to have a means to pay for a knowledgeable and skilled staff, quality ingredients, efficient equipment, and appealing facilities that are required to remain competitive and keep customers comin
Food halls are taking the nation’s cities by storm, providing locals with a central location for dozens of innovative concepts.
The most recent numbers on baseline performance of fast casuals suggest some deep-seated problems in the industry.
Joann Chung often helped her parents with their sushi restaurants. In 2015, Chung and her husband, Derek, opened Pokeatery in San Mateo, California.
For many chefs at quick-service and fast-casual restaurants, working with poultry is similar to an artist facing a blank canvas: The fairly neutral object can be used to create something unique and appealing.Even though deep-frying is incredibly popular in the limited-service space, there are other
Breaking findings from Sense360 show that early morning hours are important across sub-categories of quick-serve restaurants for the most loyal customers.Nutritionists have long hailed breakfast as the most important meal of the day and USA today recently highlighted the growing importance of breakf
For years, Pita Pit worked to educate customers about the nutritional value of its various pita fillings and toppings.
In 1980, Americans consumed an estimated 48 pounds of chicken per person each year. This year, the National Chicken Council projects that figure will reach an astonishing 92 pounds. By contrast, consumption of beef actually dropped significantly, from 77 to 56 pounds, during this same period.
For those limited-service brands that don’t yet have mobile ordering, consider three words of advice from Nike: Just do it.Within the next three years, every quick serve with any kind of regional or national footprint will have mobile ordering system-wide, says Russell Zack, senior vice president of