April 2016

    Just as the U.S. is a nation that has attracted immigrants from around the world, the nation’s cuisine has drawn on influences from all over.

    In mid-to-late-20th-century America, this country was teeming with so-called “meat ’n’ potatoes” diners.

    “I grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico, so I grew up with my mom making everything from scratch, tortillas and all of that.

    In battle for market share, brands are tweaking daypart strategies.

    The Chapter After Chapter 11

    It would have been easy for the leadership team at Saladworks to hide out in their offices at the company’s headquarters in Philadelphia, wallowing in consternation after their company filed for ba

    Zooming In

    In today’s world, it’s difficult to identify a “typical” quick-service customer. It’s not a one-size-fits-all bunch, but rather, a diverse population with a range of individual preferences.

    Inside the New Quick-Serve Kitchen

    At fine-dining restaurants and even some trendy new fast casuals, chefs have become unexpected rock stars—sought by restaurateurs, investors, and consumers alike.

    Standout Store: Q-Tine

    Nestled in Logan Square, Q-Tine offers something out of the ordinary—even for foodie Chicagoans.

    At the Touch of a Finger

    These days, it’s not uncommon to see restaurant staff take orders on an iPad or guests swiping their credit cards on a tablet reader.

    Kiosks Keep Their Cool

    This may be a smartphone age, but our lives are becoming a series of kiosk stops, from ATMs and supermarket checkouts to airlines and gas stations.

    A Modern Take on Flavor

    With demand for premium foods in a fast-casual format at an all-time high, more chefs with culinary training and fine-dining experience are migrating to the category, joining or founding multiunit

    Shiny and New, Tried and True

    PizzaRev customers can be adventurous. They appreciate the 40-plus toppings available and the fact that among them are items like capers, fennel seeds, and three kinds of pepperoni.