Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
Being in restaurants is pretty much all I’ve done my whole career. My first job was a fry cook at Popeyes. I was a busboy and a line cook, then I went to a country club, and that’s where I first started following a love of cooking; that’s when I started thinking this could be a fun career. I was an...
Finance
Private-equity investments have been bountiful in recent years, with big firms investing in small, emerging concepts. But while an influx of cash can help businesses soar to new heights, some companies are changing the formula with a hybrid model that’s more hands-on, combining the roles of...
Industry News
Seven franchisees approached Jeff Jackson, signatures ready and capital on hand. The only problem? The CEO and president of Legendary Q Brands, the franchisor behind 50-unit fast casual Billy Sims BBQ, hadn’t launched the concept they were hungry for yet. “I’m like, ‘Guys, just let me guinea pig...
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Perhaps the best news for restaurant owners and operators going into 2017 is this simple fact:  protein prices will likely remain low for some time. “If you enjoyed this year, the foundation is in place for very favorable purchase prices for the next several years,” says Don Close, vice president...
Outside Insights
How important is taking inventory? Well, you allocate between 25 to 35 percent of your operating budget to purchasing food, so proper inventory management can stretch a significant portion of your budget. Like it or not, how you approach taking inventory at your restaurant is critical to the...
Technology
As the prospect looms of feeding a world population of 9 billion by 2050, conventional agriculture is running out of options. Enter the next generation of growers: lab coat–clad scientists promising to help alleviate Big Ag’s environmental and health challenges via test tube–grown beef and pork and...
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Industry News
Last year, when Keith Cox visited the World Wrapps location, it had been 15 years since the founder and former CEO was involved with the brand. The time away let Cox see his former restaurant through “distant eyes.” What he saw was a chain that had not updated since it was sold in 2000. World...
Industry News
President-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday his intent to nominate CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder as labor secretary.Puzder, both an adviser and contributor to Trump’s campaign, has been outspoken about cutting back on government regulations like mandating large minimum wage increases and the...

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When it comes to business, Americans tend to fall in love with the new—new companies, new products, new deals.
In 1994, I started a coffee concept called Xando Coffee and Bar. It was a group of four friends and my brother, and what we lacked in experience we made up for in enthusiasm. It was invariably a mix of both how passionate we were and how many mistakes we made along the way.
Tracey Deschaine’s suburban Philadelphia restaurant, Dixie Picnic, has a lot going for it. After years of refinement, the concept boasts a fiercely loyal customer base. Annual sales are approaching $1 million.
It’s no secret that America as a culture prizes cleanliness as an inherent, cultural virtue. This near obsession goes far beyond the stacks of deodorants, perfumes, shampoos, and soaps that line bathrooms walls.
Several fast-food trends—from the evolution of new technologies to veggies creeping closer to the center of the plate—are expected to kick into overdrive in 2017, while others will make their debut.