Industry News
Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons, agreed to acquire Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen for $1.8 billion.With the purchase, Restaurant Brands International (RBI) will have more than 23,000 restaurants worldwide, and the acquisition presents a significant...
Industry News
Like Madonna, Cher, Beyoncé, and countless others before them, the Good Food Guys realized that, sometimes, one name is simply all you need.  Following the example of sister brand Mixt, who shed Greens from its title back in 2016, the group’s Split Bread concept underwent a literal split in its...
Fast Casual
The fast-casual restaurant industry has redefined restaurants as we know them, forcing traditional quick-service operators to enhance their experience and full-service restaurants to pay more attention to speed and convenience. But 20 years after it carved a niche between quick service and casual...
Menu Innovations
“Sweet tea is the quintessential Southern beverage, and it just fits who we are. It’s evolved into this renowned beverage that we’re known for. The inspiration was that everyone drinks sweet tea in the South, and it made a lot of sense for us. It fits our concept perfectly. “We prefer to serve our...
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Growth
There’s a lot of excitement in the limited-service restaurant industry today. Young brands are springing up across the country, offering creative food in vibrant atmospheres with the convenience and price of the quick-serve and fast-casual brands that came before them. But as these young brands...
Fast Casual
Fast-casual restaurants have become undeniably attractive to chefs who are looking to expand their portfolios or establish a business venture with legs to grow. But the leap into a counter-service format isn’t so simple as nixing a wait staff. Just ask Chef Cameron Grant, executive chef at Chicago’...
Industry News
Vegetables are the focus at Chef José Andrés’ fast casual Beefsteak, and now the restaurant has a chief of produce. Filling the role, Bennett Haynes will work with executive chef Pat Peterson to ensure Beefsteak’s menu reflects seasonality, freshness, and local sourcing when possible. “With the way...
Outside Insights
“Would you like fries with that?” It’s question uttered by many cashiers, every day, to every guest. Given that the average American eats almost 30 pounds of them a year, chances are the answer is yes, which means having a functioning fryer is a must for many fast casual restaurants. But like any...

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Franchisees are the backbone of the quick-service restaurant industry. It’s their entrepreneurial spirit and support that gives chains the staying power and reach to compete across the country and beyond.
Oil pumped from the ground is often dubbed “black gold.” In that same vein, the popular oils used by chefs easily could be called “liquid gold.”For years, cooking oils have been key to the limited-service restaurant industry, whether they’re used for frying, grilling, or any of a dozen other functio
It’s no secret that America as a culture prizes cleanliness as an inherent, cultural virtue. This near obsession goes far beyond the stacks of deodorants, perfumes, shampoos, and soaps that line bathrooms walls.
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.
I went to Tulane University in New Orleans, and prior to that my family opened a restaurant here in Columbus, Ohio, called Lindey’s. It’s an Upper East Side, New York–style café-bistro that has now become an institution in Columbus.
When it comes to business, Americans tend to fall in love with the new—new companies, new products, new deals.