Competition
The City of Baldwin Park, California, sits northeast of the I-10 and 605 junction, covering some 6.6 miles of land in the San Gabriel Valley Region of Los Angeles County. A former agricultural outpost roughly 18 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Baldwin Park is today a city of working-class souls...
Growth
Phrases like “primed for success,” and “poised to make some noise,” don’t exactly fit a 65-year-old brand. But Church’s Chicken has been a quiet giant of sorts in the quick-service industry in recent years. This is especially true in the chicken category, a booming sector home to the industry's...
Fast Casual
Even as pasta, with all of those carbs, is getting a bad rap from the food police, it’s not stopping savvy pasta operators from figuring out how to draw millennials to the table: by serving freshly made, reasonably priced pasta right from the counter. That, at least, seems to be a winning formula...
Industry News
Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz said “the moral fiber, the values, and what we as a country have stood for is literally hanging in the abyss.” Panera Bread CEO and founder Ron Shaich turned to a song often reserved for Christmas albums to express his reaction to the Charlottesville,...
Web Exclusive
The new “Hardly Homemade” take-home taco meal kits at Tijuana Flats are not the fruit of detailed customer surveys, in-depth focus groups or sophisticated market research. The easy, portable meal kits came from personal experience. Monique Yeager, the 130-unit brand’s CMO, wanted to bring dinner to...
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
My father had a pharmacy in St. Louis, and I started working the candy counter when I was 8 years old. Fast-forward to when I worked in financial planning. At one point I was at Denny’s and Winchell’s, and my boss asked me to be the controller. Everybody somewhere in their career has a pivot point...
Outside Insights
Running a successful restaurant is more than serving quality food and drinks; it requires a business owner to have a means to pay for a knowledgeable and skilled staff, quality ingredients, efficient equipment, and appealing facilities that are required to remain competitive and keep customers...
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Fast Casual
Several casual-dining brands have recently recognized the potential in counter-service spin-off concepts. From Hooters to Cracker Barrel and from Hurricane Grill to The Cheesecake Factory, full-service brands are rolling out limited-service prototypes in hopes of drawing a younger, more transient...
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It takes an independent spirit to run any kind of small business, especially a restaurant business.
The restaurant industry creates an average of 500,000 jobs during the summer months, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, making it one of the largest seasonal job creators.
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.
For years, Pita Pit worked to educate customers about the nutritional value of its various pita fillings and toppings.
The City of Baldwin Park, California, sits northeast of the I-10 and 605 junction, covering some 6.6 miles of land in the San Gabriel Valley Region of Los Angeles County.
Food halls are taking the nation’s cities by storm, providing locals with a central location for dozens of innovative concepts.
Many restaurateurs are ready to feel the warm spring breeze, as it means diners will rid themselves of their cabin fevers and begin eating out again. But restaurateurs and their guests are not the only ones who are excited—pests are too.
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
Whether it’s açai, juice cleanses, or spiking your morning coffee with yak butter, our culture loves the notion of fast-track solutions to better health.
When you hear the phrase “traditional American cuisine,” what are the first foods that come to mind?If you’re from New England, you may conjure up an image of a plate of baked cod or a boiled lobster.
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