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Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
Street foods, if you’ll pardon the overwrought metaphor, are the perfect well from which the rich waters of flavor innovation can be drawn. In the past 10–15 years, U.S. consumers have come to crave global street foods ranging from empanadas and tacos to samosas and satay in forms both authentic...
Menu Innovations
The food-truck boom five years ago ushered in a new age for street foods, with obscure international dishes suddenly becoming smash hits in the U.S. That same food-truck movement also made popular new fusion items, with operators mixing and matching global street flavors to create wildly inventive...
In 2012, burger concept Johnny Rockets introduced a new design prototype featuring modern elements like pop art décor and recessed lighting. The changes were met with fanfare, but as president of operations and development James Walker points out, few customers were aware of the back-of-house...
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When I was laid off from my corporate job more than two decades ago, I knew I had little time to figure out how to support myself. Throughout the many interviews and resume submissions, I allowed myself one weekly indulgence—a mocha grande from my neighborhood drive-thru coffee stand outside...
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McDonald’s President of High Growth Markets David Hoffmann left the company after 22 years to join Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Hoffmann will serve as president of Dunkin’ Donuts in US and Canada, and replaces Paul Twohig who is retiring and will stay...
Menu Innovations
There may be no better way to gather insight into a nation’s or region’s cuisine than by sampling what vendors offer at stands, carts, and trucks along streets and in other public places. From Mexican tacos and Vietnamese pho to Turkish kebaps and American hot dogs, street food is typically quick,...
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
My entry into the quick-serve industry really came out of wanting a cup of coffee. My wife, Ally, and I were living in the U.K. at the time, but missed the type of coffeeshops we used to have in our hometown of Seattle. After months of talking about it—and some peer pressure from friends—we started...
Piada Italian Street Food
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Piada Italian Street Food started a three-tiered leadership development and incentive program, aimed at recruiting and retaining employees from restaurant managers to chefs. The fast casual brand’s new strategy includes the Executive Partner Program, which financially rewards restaurant general...


In 2012, burger concept Johnny Rockets introduced a new design prototype featuring modern elements like pop art décor and recessed lighting.
It’s no secret that technology has changed nearly every facet of the quick-service industry, from back-of-house software and cooking equipment to the automation of the guest experience.
When it comes to business, Americans tend to fall in love with the new—new companies, new products, new deals.
Fast casual restaurant chain leader Chipotle lost customers from ecoli outbreak.
Since opening its first restaurant in Denver in 1993, Chipotle Mexican Grill has redefined the world of limited-service dining.