Piada Italian Street Food
One fast casual is combating high turnover with employee development.
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From 100 years old to five, these limited-service restaurants are celebrating milestones in 2016.

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Gourmet Latte founder and owner Karissa Bresheare shares lessons learned for building a brand with intention and care.
Operators create new spins on classics to differentiate themselves in a crowded breakfast market.
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When I was laid off from my corporate job more than two decades ago, I knew I had little time to figure out how to support myself. Throughout the many interviews and resume submissions, I allowed myself one weekly indulgence—a mocha grande from my neighborhood drive-thru coffee stand outside...
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McDonald’s President of High Growth Markets David Hoffmann left the company after 22 years to join Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Hoffmann will serve as president of Dunkin’ Donuts in US and Canada, and replaces Paul Twohig who is retiring and will stay...
Menu Innovations
There may be no better way to gather insight into a nation’s or region’s cuisine than by sampling what vendors offer at stands, carts, and trucks along streets and in other public places. From Mexican tacos and Vietnamese pho to Turkish kebaps and American hot dogs, street food is typically quick,...
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
My entry into the quick-serve industry really came out of wanting a cup of coffee. My wife, Ally, and I were living in the U.K. at the time, but missed the type of coffeeshops we used to have in our hometown of Seattle. After months of talking about it—and some peer pressure from friends—we started...
Piada Italian Street Food
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Piada Italian Street Food started a three-tiered leadership development and incentive program, aimed at recruiting and retaining employees from restaurant managers to chefs. The fast casual brand’s new strategy includes the Executive Partner Program, which financially rewards restaurant general...
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After expanding Kneaders Bakery and Café into multiple locations across several states, restaurant investment company Four Foods Group partnered with Utah-based R&R Barbecue as its next brand to grow. Twin brothers and barbecue competitors Rod and Roger Livingston started R&R in 2013 in...
Consumer Trends
The impulse buy is most often associated with tossing an unplanned pack of gum or granola bar into your basket as you idly wait in line at the supermarket or convenience store. But limited-service restaurants can also benefit from this potential incremental revenue source with strategically...
Emerging Concepts
A headline on the Super Duper website proclaims, “Burgers Shouldn’t Cost $3.” But don’t misinterpret that and look for the concept’s dollar menu. Founder Adriano Paganini says a burger is a meal and should therefore cost more than a cup of coffee. A Super Duper Mini Burger, which is a single 4-...

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Top QSR franchisee in North Carolina shares ideas for connecting with community.
Like so many who go on to make a career in foodservice, Jeff Rigsby landed a job at a quick serve when he was in high school.
A look at the top fast food restaurants in America by US company sales.
Read the ProfilesBrowse the Big ChartSee The ContendersSegmentsBurgerSnackSandwichEthnicChickenPizzaSeafood1.McDonald’sIn the few years leading up to 2015, McDonald’s painted the picture of a kingdom in decline.
Fast casual restaurant chain leader Chipotle lost customers from ecoli outbreak.
Since opening its first restaurant in Denver in 1993, Chipotle Mexican Grill has redefined the world of limited-service dining.
It’s no secret that technology has changed nearly every facet of the quick-service industry, from back-of-house software and cooking equipment to the automation of the guest experience.