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The notion that technology and, specifically, mobile tools can remedy some of the restaurant industry’s traffic concerns isn’t a new one. Pretty much every major brand is either embracing the movement wholeheartedly or having boardroom discussions on how best to start. The question L2, a leading...
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John Cappasola, the chief executive officer of Del Taco Restaurants Inc., has seen a shift in value across the quick-service industry. Bundles, and specifically those priced around $5, are infiltrating the marketplace, putting stress on some brands to lower prices or offer new menu items that come...
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Amid a brand revitalization that includes new menu items and remodeled stores, Arby’s is also looking inward to continue its momentum. The Atlanta-based quick-service brand has offered a training program to more than 80,000 employees across 3,350 locations that not only seeks to build a culture and...
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In the foodservice industry, it’s hard to talk about competition without thinking about the chain—not the supply chain, but rather the food chain. Limited capital, real estate, and market share suggest that, like the rule of the jungle, the proven concepts will succeed, often at the expense of...
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There’s always room for sweet treats, but savory baked goods continue to inch out the competition at quick serves and fast casuals looking to develop the next best breakfast, lunch, snack, or even dinner menu. From house-baked breads and bagels to savory pastries and other carriers filled with...
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Since the fast casual concept Melt Shop opened its first location six years ago, its executives have always envisioned it as a franchise brand. Capitalizing on the explosive growth of the better burger segment, founder Spencer Rubin says that offering bread and cheese with different protein options...
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Patrick Lynch and Ali Fong entered a Boston food-truck competition on a whim seven years ago. They were tasked with designing a business plan, creating a video about the concept, and then preparing dishes for a 500-person taste test at City Hall Plaza. The concept, Bon Me, emerged victorious, and...
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Property taxes can be one of the biggest line item costs for restaurant owners, but they don’t have to be. There are strategies they can use and information they can gather to help manage, and even lower, the amount operators pay in property taxes. Below are tips to keep property taxes from...
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As chief marketing officer Jason Abelkop puts it, Krystal’s challenge isn’t to be old, it’s to be authentic. The brand has that first part covered. On October 11, the 360-plus-unit chain will celebrate its 85th anniversary like it always does—with 50-cent Krystal burgers.
There are few comfort foods Americans love more than fried chicken.
For years, Pita Pit worked to educate customers about the nutritional value of its various pita fillings and toppings.
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
Joann Chung often helped her parents with their sushi restaurants. In 2015, Chung and her husband, Derek, opened Pokeatery in San Mateo, California.
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
The term “point-of-sale” can be a bit of a misnomer.
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
In the foodservice industry, it’s hard to talk about competition without thinking about the chain—not the supply chain, but rather the food chain.
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.