Industry News
It's that time of the year again: QSR is looking for the quick-service industry’s best franchise deals. Weighing investment figures, sales trends, corporate support, and franchisee satisfaction, among other things, we've produced one of the industry's annual can't-miss franchise reports for the...
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Industry News
Chipotle’s comeback appears to be resonating with its customers. In the 2017 Temkin Experience Ratings released Monday, the fast casual leader finished tied for second in the survey’s quick-service restaurant ratings. Overall, Chipotle was fourth out of 331 companies across 20 industries. The brand...
Menu Innovations
Build-your-own menus may not be new to the limited-service world, but Pat Peterson, executive chef at Beefsteak, believes that a successful chef-driven fast casual can and should be centered on giving guests exactly what they want. That’s why Beefsteak features build-your-own veggie bowls. In his...
In the Store
For years, Pita Pit worked to educate customers about the nutritional value of its various pita fillings and toppings. It rolled out an online nutrition calculator years ago, and, with a bevy of lean meats and fresh veggies from which customers can choose, the brand positions itself as a healthy...
Finance
Common knowledge would suggest a company’s management or board of directors best knows which path the organization should take to success. But a recent spate of activity in the public restaurant world shows that another population—activist investors—thinks it might have a better idea how brands...
Industry News
Rick Silva, the president and CEO of Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, had a vivid way to describe his company’s bombshell announcement on Thursday. The 844-unit brand, which operates under the Checkers and Rally’s banners in 29 states and the District of Columbia, entered into a definitive agreement...
Industry News
Outgoing Starbucks president and CEO Howard Schultz said there’s no reason to worry about the company, despite the fact that this is one of the few times Starbucks shares have not increased over the year. Schultz, speaking Wednesday at the company’s 25th annual meeting of shareholders, said the...
Outside Insights
The restaurant marketing game has changed. Social media has proven to provide a tantalizing visual feast to potential guests. Today, over 47 million images on Instagram bear the hashtag “foodie.” Beyond hosting food photos, Facebook’s integration with OpenTable also allows restaurants to provide...

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For years, Pita Pit worked to educate customers about the nutritional value of its various pita fillings and toppings.
Controversy surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMO) continues to sow doubt about them among consumers, despite being deemed safe to eat by the FDA and the National Academy of Sciences.
There never was supposed to be a real meal—particularly one with an official name—that landed between dinner and breakfast.
“One of the non-negotiables for us was having something where people could truly build their own experience. It created a sense of democracy where everyone could participate in that food creation process.
Common knowledge would suggest a company’s management or board of directors best knows which path the organization should take to success.
The restaurant world can often seem like a battle between David and Goliath wherein small, independent restaurants are battling the giant corporations for share of stomach. But what if those two camps weren’t mutually exclusive?That’s the scenario playing out in some restaurant companies.