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For Michael Heyne, the name of his fast casual restaurant was kind of like a bad haircut. Until he fixed it, nobody was willing to be honest. "We knew we had made the right choice," Heyne says, "when people...

Moe's is bringing its concept front-and-center with its Tour de Burrito.

It has been 17 years since Moe’s Southwest Grill was founded in Atlanta. More than 700 restaurants later, pretty much nothing about the fast casual’s competition looks the same. The Mexican segment is...

Jeff Jacobson hears the gloomy restaurant news trickle in like everyone else. A chain’s sales are up a solid half point. They’re flat. Out of the red equals reason to celebrate. “Flat has become the new up...

Since the fast casual concept Melt Shop opened its first location six years ago, its executives have always envisioned it as a franchise brand.

Capitalizing on the explosive growth of the better...

When the financial analyst, wearing flip-flops, walked in and did a headstand, Mike Sebazco realized this might not be your average restaurant company. “I was like, ‘Wow, that’s an interesting casual Friday...

Matt de Gruyter often uses the word “ridiculous” to describe his goals. A thousand units in 10 years. Reinvent the burger joint in America. But, truthfully, de Gruyter is just being candid. When de Gruyter...

Wings have become increasingly popular but increasingly pricey. Hurricane Grill & Wings locations have...

The rising cost of chicken wings has put so much pressure on Buffalo Wings & Rings that executives formed an in-house chicken task force to find ways to tackle the problem. 

“We meet every week...

As one of the leading innovators in fast casual 2.0, Tender Greens established itself over a decade ago as a trend setter in restaurant...

Rising Roll Gourmet Café has all the makings of a widespread, national restaurant chain. That isn’t conjecture; it’s the words of a fast food CEO turned consultant for a day.

“He wanted to know, ‘Why...

Sammy Aldeeb wouldn’t miss it for the world. Because, of course, who wouldn’t want to prep pizza for 10-plus hours on a Sunday night?

But the founder of 12-unit Urban Bricks Pizza and his cobbled-...

Like many big box retailers competing in an increasingly online world, Macy's has faced store closures in recent months. But now the retail giant is turning to a different angle to lure customers back into...

The new “Hardly Homemade” take-home taco meal kits at Tijuana Flats are not the fruit of detailed customer surveys, in-depth focus groups or sophisticated market research. The easy, portable meal kits came...

Don’t call it a rebrand.

Instead, Wing Zone CEO and co-founder Matt Friedman prefers the term “pivot” to explain sweeping changes taking place at his brand these days. From all angles—operations,...

On the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cottage Inn remains as recognizable to residents as maize and blue or The Big House. The restaurant has anchored 512 E. William St. for 69 years and continues to...

Standing in the dining room of Lennys Grill & Subs, president and CEO Kevin Martin felt like he was witnessing a food auction. Names and ticket numbers were hollered out. Customers stood at their guard...

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