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QSR chains face legal fight after new over time pay law changes salary worker rules.

Until recently, much of the restaurant industry’s employment news focused on minimum wage laws and the push for $15-an-hour pay.

But the latest employment heat riling up the restaurant industry...

Seattle fast casual restaurant entrepreneurs bring social change through sandwiches.

Social entrepreneurship—the model in which private businesses strive to affect social and cultural change—has become a popular notion for many upstart businesses in the last decade, especially for those...

Oakland California fast casual restaurant serves healthy and organic produce menu.

Vegetarian, vegan, and plant-based food isn’t so weird in fast casual anymore. After all, market research firm Mintel recently found that 75 percent of 25–34-year-olds and 61 percent of all consumers say...

Chef QSR chain serves premium quality fried chicken in California location.

Watch out Colonel Sanders—Starbird is airborne.

That’s “star” as in premium quality, and “bird” as in fried chicken. That’s right, the world of fried chicken—not always known for high-quality,...

San Francisco salad fast casual restaurant chain disrupts health food industry.

What does it mean to be a fast-casual concept committed to a chef-driven menu, locally sourced ingredients, healthy eating, high-tech ordering, and sustainable operations?

These days, it means… well...

Fast food chains serving locally sourced ingredients often stretch truth on farms.

There’s nothing simple about selling simple food. That’s particularly true in the helter-skelter world of farm-to-table dining, which is now barreling its way into more fast-casual restaurants.

The...

Los Angeles California based Top Round roast beef chain serves good quality sandwiches.

It seems everybody these days wants to open a fast-casual concept, from fine-dining chefs and...

Papa John's becomes first national pizza chain to remove HFCS.

Papa John’s menu cleanup machine is going into overdrive. Today the ingredient-focused pizza chain is announcing that it has removed yet another consumer-targeted ingredient from its food menu: high-...

New minimum wage laws could hurt restaurant business with higher labor costs.

For restaurants in California and New York—and, ultimately, across the country—the recently approved $15 minimum wage bills represent a new reality for an industry that’s historically been dependent on...

Top fast casual chain Chipotle fighting back from food safety crisis with burger and beverage innovations.

Ever since it suffered a food-safety setback late last year, with multiple outbreaks of E. coli and norovirus, Chipotle has been...

International QSR restaurant chains aim to grow business in United States.

The U.S. has long been called “the land of opportunity,” and that title certainly holds true when it comes to foreign-based fast-casual brands looking to make their mark. Many global concepts—...

California fast casual concept Heritage Eats offers global inspired menu items.

While the U.S. limited-service restaurant industry was founded on American favorites like burgers, sandwiches, and pizza (yes, we’re counting pizza as American for our purposes here), the flood of chefs...

Top QSR leader McDonalds faces legal battle over franchisee liability and jobs.

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) opened its case against McDonald’s in court, claiming the quick-serve giant is liable for the actions of franchisees as a joint employer.

But the...

Top QSR chain Sonic serves new and innovative milk shake flavors at restaurants

It’s tough stuff to stay true to your roots while adapting to the times.

That is precisely the feat that Sonic Drive-In is trying to accomplish in its continued expansion from a regional darling to a...

California fast casual pizza chain accepts investment from major QSR Asian brand.

When big restaurant chains get hungry for growth, the answer isn’t always unit expansion.

For some, the answer is to bring smaller restaurant companies into the fold through acquisition or investment...

Basketball legend Ray Allen and his wife open healthy fast food drive thru in Miami.

Professional athletes are no strangers to the restaurant industry. John Elway has a steakhouse. So does Mike Ditka. Michael Jordan had a sports bar. There’s Shula’s (helmed by legendary NFL coach Don Shula...

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