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The fast casual has a new look and name as it preps for expansion.
From expansion to equipment, these solutions help operators handle business challenges.

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Mobile technology boosts sales and customer satisfaction.
Jake's Wayback Burgers specializes in comfort food like burgers, fries, shakes.
Emerging Concepts
One of the first things John Eucalitto and Bill Chemero learned when they partnered with Jake’s Hamburgers founder John Carter to form Jake’s Franchising LLC in 2009 was how many Jakes there were in the world. “While negotiating and discussing Jake’s Hamburgers, there was a trademark issue,”...
Pizza gives franchisees an opportunity to connect with college students.
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Paul Wilke and his wife, Sue, have transformed their Toppers Pizza franchise unit in Mankato, Minnesota, into a must-have meal for Millennials. The couple has built and maintained a relationship with Minnesota State University (MSU), which has almost single-handedly driven their business since the...
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
It may be that a person usually needs to hear something at least three times before it registers in their mind. But something I heard at the 15th Annual UCLA Extension Restaurant Industry Conference recently stood out to me the first time it was said—and its impression only got stronger each time I...
Athens, Ohio, incubator ACEnet supported Village Bakery's growth.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
Most quick-serve entrepreneurs know that the early years of business are the hardest. Digging up the resources and consumer interest necessary to make an operation succeed is an increasingly difficult task in an incredibly competitive market. But across the country, entrepreneurs are discovering...
The Small Business Administration helps fund new business owners.
Growth
Most businesses can’t get off the ground without a little financial help, a fact that is especially true in the quick-serve industry. Opening a quick serve, be it through buying a franchise or starting a new concept, requires cold hard cash, meaning any entrepreneur who intends to be a player in...
Jaime Grunlan's team at Texas A&M work on their thin coating polymer product.
Food Safety
A discovery thousands of times smaller than a human hair could completely redefine how restaurants serve their food. But it might also usher in one of the biggest controversies in food safety the industry has seen in years. An engineering team at Texas A&M University developed a revolutionary...
Ray Kroc believed in an American work ethic when he helped grow McDonald's.
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The alarm goes off, the sun is just peeking over the horizon, and you leap out of bed to face another lousy day in paradise. After you wash up for the day ahead, you tear open the closet door to find your manager’s uniform is gone. You know you brought it home from the cleaners and hung it there....
Chipotle's burrito bowl was found to have more calories than advertised.
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The menu-labeling mandate that will eventually require all chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menuboards was met with optimism that the restaurant industry had turned a new leaf in nutrition. But a recent study suggests there’s a lot of work to do before restaurants’ calorie counts...

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For years, Pita Pit worked to educate customers about the nutritional value of its various pita fillings and toppings.
Until fairly recently, when people wanted cakes, cookies, croissants, cobblers, pastries, pies, popovers, muffins, or mille-feuilles, they had absolutely no expectation that the item in question would be anything other than a decadent, high-calorie treat.
The term “point-of-sale” can be a bit of a misnomer.
Although limited-service restaurant operators usually offer at least one sweet baked item on their menus, these goodies are not always featured prominently.
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
Food safety is key to any restaurant.
The food service industry was shaken when restaurant chain Chipotle had multiple, widespread food safety outbreaks, spanning various states.
Even with the increased frequency of other forms of payment, quick-serve restaurant operations are still largely cash-run enterprises, with cash accounting for more than 30 percent of all transactions. But as cash flow grows, so does the risk.
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
The most recent numbers on baseline performance of fast casuals suggest some deep-seated problems in the industry.
These tips can ensure college-town success.
Running a restaurant in a college town is unlike running a restaurant anywhere else. Few folks know that better than Matt Crumpton, CEO of D.P.