A combination of franchised and homegrown concepts can be a winning formula for restaurant portfolios.
Meat may cost less and cheese could fetch a higher price, but operators would do well to take it all with a grain of salt.
Members of the largest living generation have been called apathetic, lazy, and narcissistic. But as they come into their own, they’re proving to be a tantalizing franchise target.
An inside look at how Cousins Subs reinvented itself after 44 years.
This emerging group is spurring growth by offering financial and operational resources.
Once a pie purveyor and now a bakery-café favorite, this family-owned concept is steadily spreading across Michigan.
Founded by two health-minded parents, this fast casual 2.0 concept hopes to become a healthy alternative to home-cooked meals.
Inspired by a family cookout, this Florida concept spices up the better-burger segment with grilled kebobs.
Less is more at this eco-friendly San Francisco burger concept with a streamlined menu of high-quality offerings.
Three childhood friends with no culinary background introduce the Midwest to build-your-own-sushi rolls.
After a decade perfecting its operation, this California fast casual 2.0 brand is ready to shake up the better-sandwich scene.
Who says barbecue doesn’t travel north of the Mason-Dixon line? Mighty Quinn's Barbeque, a New York City fast casual, redefines a Southern classic.
Self-service technology empowers guests to help themselves—and have fun, too.
Founded by industry outsiders, this health-focused concept thrives by thinking beyond the normal rules of fast casual.
Specializing in wholesome stir-fries, salads, and a “Honeybar,” this Philadelphia-based Fast Casual 2.0 concept is gearing up for big growth.
Amid a crowded better-burger category, this Austin, Texas–borne concept stands out with an entirely scratch-made menu and full bar.
This Austin, Texas, food truck–turned–brick-and-mortar chain serves high-quality, no-frills tacos.
Serving more than just grilled cheese, this Fast Casual 2.0 elevates its food offerings and the dining experience.
Find the Southern California answer to comfort food at this health-focused, locally sourced Fast Casual 2.0.
Founded as a post-workout destination, this Chicago-based fast casual serves up hearty yet healthy bowls, shakes, and more.
Finding the right charitable partner can be a soul-searching process that yields rewards, both financial and intrinsic.
With an emphasis on fresh ingredients, Chicago-based Naf Naf Grill is bringing Middle Eastern fare to the Midwest.
Founded by a former financier, this farm-to-counter concept takes a pragmatic approach to local sourcing.
The Atlanta-based concept that has been serving wraps for a quarter of a century recently rebranded to showcase its diversity.
From Turkey by way of Germany, this Austin-based concept brings authentic kebap meats to Texas.
Drawing on three generations of family tradition, Buona is poised to introduce the world to authentic Italian beef.
Whether promoting the brand or enlivening a birthday party, brand mascots drive engagement.
Premium ingredients and distinctive flavor profiles create a progressive pie at this D.C. eatery.
Chef-founded fast casual offers a new take on the better-burger field.
Starbucks’ “Race Together” initiative may have flopped, but the conversation around diversity isn’t going away.