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Human Resources
The American Dream—the idea that anyone can get ahead in the U.S. if they work hard to achieve it—has always been particularly poignant for immigrants seeking a fresh start in this country. And perhaps no industry has made that dream more possible for newly arrived immigrants than the restaurant...
Industry News
After a report from a minority shareholder group accusing Fiesta Restaurant Group of having poor corporate governing practices, weak operating performance, and no strategic plan for Taco Cabana, the company is biting back. JCP Investment Management, which owns 9 percent of Fiesta shares, produced...
Guest Experience
The first Buona restaurant opened on the edge of Chicago in 1981 as a no frills, laminate- and tile-filled space peddling the Windy City’s glorious favorites, including dragged-through-the-garden hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. “It was your typical fast-food independent mentality,” says Joe...
Fast Casual
Business had slowed for the night at The Carving Board. It was just quiet enough for David Adir to grab the business card and run into the back, where he could type a name into Google and see what popped. “The first thing I said was, ‘Holy crap. This guy is real,’” Adir says. Moments before, a...
Outside Insights
How do restaurants measure customer loyalty? Or, perhaps more importantly, how do they create it? With new players continuously entering the market, quick-serves are always on the hunt for ways to engage with consumers—not just to get them into the restaurant initially, but also to keep them coming...
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If there was ever any doubt about the power that the millennial generation has over dining trends, the 2017 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show put those to rest. In food and beverages, kitchen innovations, and technology, the preferences of millennials—and even Generation Z, or those born...
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Fast food marketers have increasingly looked to digital to boost consumer engagement and loyalty throughout the year. But in digital, consumers have become a squirrely bunch, making it tough for fast food marketers to pin down the right balance between entertaining branded experiences across...
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Menu Innovations
Some ideas about breakfast are rooted in tradition. One is that it’s the most important meal of the day. Your mother may have said it, but researchers aren’t so sure. Another idea about breakfast, that it’s a matter of routine, has more validation. Whether it’s a bagel with cream cheese, corn...


Some ideas about breakfast are rooted in tradition.One is that it’s the most important meal of the day. Your mother may have said it, but researchers aren’t so sure. Another idea about breakfast, that it’s a matter of routine, has more validation.
A Maui Wowi quick service franchisee keeps his day job while running restaurant.
Franchisees entering the quick-service space might not need to quit their day job, after all.A high school teacher for going on 11 years, Chad Knee recently ventured into the quick-serve industry with fruit smoothie and coffee retailer Maui Wowi Hawaiian, opening his first unit in June.
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
For years, Pita Pit worked to educate customers about the nutritional value of its various pita fillings and toppings.
The emergence of the higher-end fast casual 2.0 category continues to blur the line separating limited and full service, particularly when it comes to price.
Nostalgia is a powerful tool when it comes to food. Those who haven’t forgotten a certain Big Mac jingle can attest: “Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame-seed bun.”But the nostalgia for McDonald’s appears to be waning.
Before the advent of chain restaurants, transparency was not a question so much as an implicit assumption; local establishments sourced locally and were honest in how they promoted their products.
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.