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A technology start-up hopes its new iPhone and Android app will piggyback on the popularity of restaurant review sites like Yelp, but by focusing not on the restaurant but on the food itself. Nosh, an app released by Firestarter Labs last week, lets users rate and review individual menu items...
El Pollo Loco is part of the NRA Kids LiveWell program.
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Restaurant brands participating in the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) recently announced “Kids LiveWell” initiative are confident that the health-infused measure will help boost their kids’ offerings, business, and profile. But most quick-service brands remain in wait-and-see mode. In its...
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When it announced its sponsorship today via webcast of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, McDonald’s revealed its plans to center much of its sponsorship on a healthy, active lifestyle for kids through its new Champions of Play for the Olympic Games initiative. The initiative will be multifaceted,...
Taxes and fees can add up for quick serves, but can never be overlooked.
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Tax season may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to put taxes and fees out of your head altogether. Since you can’t run a business without them, it’s better to arm yourself with knowledge and know exactly what you’re dealing with. Here, QSR breaks down the 10 most common taxes and fees that...
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ARAMARK launched its first ballpark food truck yesterday at the home of Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies. The food truck, Wok in the Park, will sell Asian-inspired noodle bowls in the outfield concourse of Coors Field in Denver. David Freireich, spokesman for ARAMARK, says the truck came...
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On Sunday, July 3, dozens greeted a tour bus rolling into the parking lot of the Pizza Ranch restaurant in Carroll, Iowa. Out of the bus and into the drizzle stepped Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota representative who sits amid a crowded GOP presidential field. Just one week before her visit to the...
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George Culver, father of Culver’s co-founder & CEO Craig Culver, died Thursday, July 7, in Sauk City. He was 88. Culver and his wife Ruth began their foodservice career by opening an A&W restaurant in Sauk City in 1961. After operating a number of other restaurants in the area they founded...
West Virginia offers restaurant owners a unique market to operate in.
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Route 2 in West Virginia rolls south along the slow-moving Ohio River, bobbing up and down above the river’s bank and along the slopes of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Houses are few and far between, dotting the long stretches between quiet industrial river towns, and each of the few...

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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.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently reached a settlement against a pizza restaurant franchisee with 31 locations in Florida for $140,000. Why? To answer that question we need to unpack the onboarding process and focus on the Employment Eligibility Verification form (the “Form I-9” or “I-9”).
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
Joann Chung often helped her parents with their sushi restaurants. In 2015, Chung and her husband, Derek, opened Pokeatery in San Mateo, California.
The term “point-of-sale” can be a bit of a misnomer.
“Inspiration began with the development of our seasonal offerings. We researched what produce thrives in the summer sun and how we can best present it. Summer encompasses eating fresh, vibrant food that tends to be on the lighter side and really lends itself to grilling.
For years, Pita Pit worked to educate customers about the nutritional value of its various pita fillings and toppings.
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
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
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.
The most recent numbers on baseline performance of fast casuals suggest some deep-seated problems in the industry.