The Texas capital is the next great epicenter for fast casuals.
Investing in these tools will improve your restaurant's productivity and profitability.

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Allowing guests to personalize their meals is as important as ever.

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The impact on the limited-service industry could be enormous.
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Design
They say history repeats itself, with trends coming and going and coming again in fashion, food, politics, pop culture, and even restaurant design. That seems to be the case with shipping-container buildouts, a trend that popped up around 2011, fizzled out, and is now slowly making a return at both...
Menu Innovations
Allowing diners to customize menu items has been part of the quick-service firmament for years, but increasing demands from younger diners make the build-your-own-meal platform a must today. In fact, while speed has been key to the quick-service experience, it might now be playing second fiddle to...
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...

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You might expect a 46-unit chain to lose some identity after merging with a company 22 times its size, especially when the company is Panera Bread, the fast-growing bakery café powerhouse.Au contraire says Paradise Bakery & Café President David Birzon.
Fast food brands scale food safety efforts up as they grow across the country.
It could happen to any restaurant.Business is strong, with sales and unit counts growing quickly. Optimism abounds for a healthy future.And then it happens. Contaminated food supplies filter into the system. Hundreds of customers get sick.
For years, Pita Pit worked to educate customers about the nutritional value of its various pita fillings and toppings.
Common knowledge would suggest a company’s management or board of directors best knows which path the organization should take to success.
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.
“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.