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Charlotte NC based fast casual restaurant JJs inspired by Buffalo hot dog heritage.
Menu Innovations
The concept is based on a hot dog joint I grew up with in Buffalo, New York, called Ted’s. It’s been around since the ’20s. The No. 1 is based on a Ted’s hot dog with the works: pickle spear, hot relish, onion, and mustard. “They use a Buffalo product called Weber’s Mustard. We import Weber’s...
Industry News
Many a fast casual has been catapulted to success by doing one (or two) things really well. For Chipotle it was build-your-own burritos; Shake Shack perfected the nostalgic burger-shake combo; and sweetgreen cornered salads. But Southern California concept The Stand is casting a wider net. Instead...
Weiners can be winners with an emphasis on quality and innovation
Menu Innovations
Let’s be frank. Hot dogs and sausages can be winners. Although hamburgers and chicken get the lion’s share of attention as quick-service restaurant entrées, wieners also hold a respected place as a contributor to the growth of fast food. From hot dog carts dating to the 19th century to today’s...
Michigan fast food pizza chain executive talks career inspiration.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
The pizza business has been my life since high school, when I started out helping a friend deliver pizzas. I went to college to become a schoolteacher and got a job at a Ford motor plant to make money through college. I knew it wasn’t the industry for me long-term, and education jobs weren’t...
Dog Haus' Adam Gertler shares tips for quality hot dogs
Menu Innovations
Adam Gertler may be the only würstmacher in the fast-casual industry—or even in all of restaurants, as far as he knows. But it’s not a job he takes lightly. The food TV personality and former star of “Food Network Star” and “Kid in a Candy Store” is passionate about hot dogs and sausages, a passion...
Menu innovators put fresh twists on the humble wiener
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
Unlike certain uppity foods and beverages that are always trying to force their way into more rarefied culinary air—think fried chicken at white-tablecloth restaurants, the gentrification of coffee, or the rampant upscaling of pizza—hot dogs know their place. You won’t find them center-plate at...
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Operators find traction in health-focused beverages
Health & Wellness
It’s a fact any restaurant, convenience store, food hall, and beverage supplier has heard on repeat the past decade: Soda sales and consumption are trending downward. They hit their lowest level in 30 years in 2015, which also marked the 11th consecutive year that sales have declined, according to...
A diverse portfolio increases financial stability and efficiency
Finance
The world of franchising has long succeeded by giving regular people the chance at achieving the American dream and owning their own business. But while franchising can lead to small-scale, mom-and-pop success, it can also lead to widespread, long-term success for those franchisees that...
Fast food chain operators use self service technology to enhance restaurant experience.
While a growing number of fast casuals are employing touchscreen kiosks, some are taking self-service beyond the order station.
Top QSR chains develop new bowl food menu items to appeal to customers.
As vessels intended for eating go, it’s tough to top the versatility and comfort quotient of the tried and true bowl.While a plate behaves more like a canvas begging for some sort of formal presentation, a bowl is all about function, familiarity, and feel.
QSR chains roll out mobile smart phone ordering apps for customer experience.
Restaurants love to incessantly nudge their customers to be loyal by rewarding them each time they come back. After all, the best customer is the one you already have.But today’s loyalty programs are moving beyond the tried-and-true punch card to the more in-demand smartphone app.
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.
A diverse portfolio increases financial stability and efficiency
The world of franchising has long succeeded by giving regular people the chance at achieving the American dream and owning their own business.