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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...

Los Angeles–based chef Michael Voltaggio, who made his name winning the sixth season of “Top Chef” and through his acclaimed fine-dining restaurant ink., is rebranding his quick-service sandwich shop and...

Top QSR burger chain launches new hot dog menu item.

Burger King is going to the dogs. Thankfully, they are flame-grilled hot dogs, a classic American staple that the company developed and tested over the last year and a half.

"This is probably the...

Diners visiting many Chipotle Mexican Grill locations in recent months probably noticed that ordering lines—which used to snake out the door—were now shorter and that normally crowded parking lots had empty...

Top US chefs open new fast casual restaurant concepts to attract mass public.

Chefs have been flocking to the fast-casual category for the last five years, but 2016 might prove to be the biggest year so far for the...

Top California chef Roy Choi opens healthy fast food chain for low income neighborhood.

Roy Choi isn’t just trying to turn fast food on its head. Before he’s all done, he aims to turn the entire restaurant industry—if not the entire domestic food industry—upside down and inside out.

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Outback Steakhouse founder plans new fast casual bowl concept in South Florida.

Perhaps no segment of the restaurant industry has taken a harder hit from the relentless growth of the fast-casual sector than casual dining.

In a culture of increasingly budget- and time-conscious...

Top QSR chains promote 2016 new year with healthy lifestyle deals.

It’s that time of year again. Retailers from gyms and yoga studios to booksellers and grocers are peddling products that promise a healthier, happier lifestyle in 2016. Restaurants have always played a part...

Top fast food stories of 2015 include McDonalds comeback and other big business news.

Every time a new year gets under way, there’s a combination of...

CEO of top QSR sandwich chain Jersey Mikes talks running business for 40 years.

Jersey Mike’s may not be the world’s biggest or most famous submarine sandwich chain, but with 1,050 stores in 44 states, it’s in the midst of a growth spurt that ranks it among the country’s fastest-...

Top QSR sandwich chain Which Wich improves kid menu with help from moms.

Just about everyone loves to gripe about kids’ meals.

Parents complain about the food quality. Kids complain about the toy quality. And many restaurant owners complain that kids’ meals are just a...