How 15 of the top quick-service and fast-casual chains stack up in the outdoor lane.
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As the company struggles to overcome lax sales in the wake of major E. Coli and norovirus outbreaks in late 2015, Chipotle Mexican Grill has turned to a seemingly unlikely savior for the company: burgers. Tasty Made, Chipotle’s new burger concept, opened in Lancaster, Ohio, on Thursday, October 27...
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Come Monday night, friends, family, and parents everywhere will be wondering where they should take their costumed-clan for this year’s Halloween festivities. Groups of friends will be out looking for a quick bite before they embark on a party-hopping extravaganza for the cat-eared masses. And...
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Drive thrus haven’t changed much since they first sprouted up across America in the 1950s—at least from the customer’s perspective. There’s still the drive-thru lane, the menuboard, the order station, and the pickup window. But that also means many of the problems traditionally associated with...
Menu Innovations
The concept of serving an entrée that includes at least one side dish—perhaps a starch or vegetable—has long been part of dining tradition. Think of steak with a baked potato or grilled salmon accompanied by fresh green beans. These plated meals were copied to a degree by quick-service eateries in...
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As the Great Recession was attaching the proverbial boot to multi-unit restaurants across the nation in 2007, Jon Rollo and his Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop were preparing for the future. They just didn’t realize it at the time. During those white-knuckle months, Greenleaf, a Southern California–...
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John Tesar has never been one to hold back when he has an opinion. The James Beard Award semifinalist and former “Top Chef” contestant has made a name for himself as a brash food personality, once even named by a local magazine as “The Most Hated Chef in Dallas.” Now Tesar is speaking his mind when...
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The classic, time-honored restaurant hierarchy has been in place for longer than most of you reading these words have been alive. Since at least the first half of the 20th century, there were high-end restaurants—upscale, fine-dining, white-tablecloth establishments aiming to deliver a distinctly...
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As an independent quick service restaurant owner, you have a lot of decisions to make. From determining your menu items and managing inventory to hiring staff and adjusting schedules, you are constantly on the go, making decisions that will ultimately affect your bottom line. What if you could make...


The people of Milwaukee are no strangers to hot dogs and bratwursts, but what about a jalapeño Cheddar brat topped with habanero beer mustard and hot kraut?It’s on the menu at Vanguard, which restaurateur Jim McCann and former bar manager Chris Schulist opened two years ago along with Chef Sha
With a more educated consumer demanding customization and transparency from restaurants, the limited-service industry is already on the path toward more effectively addressing the small-yet-loyal food allergy community.The extra steps that prevent cross-contamination—from switching gloves to a
As an independent quick service restaurant owner, you have a lot of decisions to make.
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Before opening their doors to a new location or even new market, quick-serve and fast-casual operators must find that special real estate and then negotiate a lease that will ensure them the coveted spot.According to Falcon Realty Advisors, whose clients include fast casuals Modern Market, Hopdoddy