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“It’s like I predicted the future,” Randi Weinstein says with a light laugh. Has there ever been a better time for a workshop created by women, for women in the hospitality industry? Weinstein wasn’t sure at first, until she picked up the phone and called 50 objective bystanders. “Nobody said I was...
Fast Casual
Since its founding in 2006, Fresh To Order has stressed steady growth dictated by the right partnerships. That's the case with both its sourcing partners—the brand looks to several regional suppliers for the ingredients that make up its plates, sandwiches, salads, and burgers—and its franchise...
Special Report
Everyone's always looking for the next big thing. It's true in pop culture, it's true in the stock market, and it's true in the technology sector. And it's especially true in the limited-service restaurant industry. With the success of brands like Panera Bread, Chipotle, and Sweetgreen, industry...
Fast Casual
Sandwich concepts don't usually do 40 percent of their business during the dinner daypart. Sandwich concepts don't usually build out 3,000-square-foot spaces. Sandwich concepts don't usually do over $3 million in average unit volume (or $2 million, or $1 million). For starters, there’s the menu,...
Fast Casual
Michael Lastoria is walking through Washington, D.C.’s first micro-hotel. He’s about to hit a milestone of sorts—the brand’s 20th opening—and he couldn’t have picked a more fitting backdrop than the forthcoming Hotel Hive. The nation’s capital has never seen anything quite like it. The rooms are...
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Panera Bread just issued a challenge to the rest of the restaurant industry. Starting April 5, the fast casual brand will become the first major chain to list the calories and added sugars of its fountain beverages at all 2,100 or so U.S. locations. “With up to 75 grams of sugar—just one 20-ounce...
Chipotle Mexican Grill
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Steve Ells won’t be changing his job status in the near future. Chipotle’s shareholders pulled a vote Thursday to split the chief executive and chairman roles—both of which are currently occupied by Ells, the founder of the fast casual leader. In response, Chipotle said it plans to strengthen its...
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The word “change” has surrounded McDonald’s lately. From mobile ordering to increased delivery, the fast food leader has promised significant innovations in the coming months. On Thursday, it delivered another “part of a continuing food journey.” By mid-2018, all Quarter Pounder burgers at the...
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The trading floor is the epicenter of the financial world, and where Freshii franchisee Jon Blob used to spend his days. Blob worked in equity research on Wall Street for years.
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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.