Top fast casual chains offer lessons to startup premium restaurant brands like Num Pang.
Special Report
I don’t make it to the movies much anymore. Like a lot of people, my wife and I find the price hard to justify; $25 for a night of entertainment where our only dining decision is which flavored spice to rain over burnt popcorn is far too steep in the age of Netflix, Hulu, and Redbox. But I’ve got a...
Top QSR chains leverage big data numbers for restaurant business success.
Restaurant Software
In April, Josh Patchus began his new job at Cava Grill, the upstart Washington, D.C.–based fast casual. In a world of cooks and cashiers, marketers and managers, Patchus acknowledges that his title—chief data scientist—is an odd one, seemingly out of place at the emerging 14-unit Mediterranean...
QSR chains explore new real estate site selection strategies to maximize business exposure.
In recent years, many limited-service brands have re-evaluated their ideas regarding new restaurant locations. Dropping cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all buildings into any available space is no longer a sustainable expansion strategy in today’s economy. Arby’s is one brand that has reconsidered its...
Local QSR food trucks open new real estate in shopping mall courts.
Web Exclusive
Online retailers continue to swipe business—holiday and otherwise—from brick-and-mortar retailers, including shopping malls. Given consumers’ evolving attitudes toward shopping, signing a 10-year lease in a food court might sound like dicey move for an emerging quick serve. But for Nick Crosson, it...
Industry News
Two is better than one. At least that is the thinking behind a new franchise partnership. Red Mango and Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip have teamed up to incentivize new and existing franchisees to operate cobranded stores. Ziad Dalal, cofounder of Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip and CEO of Crest...
Waffle menu development gives QSR operators new ingredient ideas for attracting customers.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
A few years back, the Trouble Coffee and Coconut Club in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset neighborhood began selling slices of cinnamon toast for $4. That audacious price for an ostensibly pedestrian product—a phenomenon that has since been replicated at many other hip, urban foodie outlets around the...
California QSR chain Bruxie offers chicken and waffle sandwich in fast casual restaurant.
Menu Innovations
“A waffle sandwich is still something that’s hard for people to get their thought process around. But chicken and waffles is very well known, particularly in the South. Most of America can associate with chicken and waffles. Ours is different, because most chicken and waffles are a Southern...
Industry News
As QSR recently reported, a name change can be a game changer for brands. In the case of Modern Market, formerly known as Modmarket, the tweaked name paves the way for growth. “When this opportunity came up, we looked far and wide and said is there anything else that better represents what we do...
Quick service restaurants discount to attract new, price conscious customers.
Q: Other restaurants seem to be moving away from 99-cent-and-under value menus. So what is the right discounting strategy? A: True, McDonald's has replaced its Value Menu with the Dollar Menu & More, and Wendy's 99 Cent Menu has been reconceived as the Right Price Right Size menu.
QSR packaging products add sustainability and creativity to new functional design.
Innovative. Customizable. Compostable. These were three of the trends that Lynn Dyer, president of the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI), expected to see from the QSR/FPI Foodservice Packaging Awards, which will be presented at FPI’s fall meeting in St.
Older QSR chains work on fresh marketing and store design to be young again.
At Zaxby’s annual convention in San Diego last April, there was plenty of celebration for the chicken-peddling chain, its franchisees, and vendors, highlighted by a private concert from country music superstar Tim McGraw.Amid the festive atmosphere, however, there was also much reflection.
QSR brands roll out new healthy menu items like nutritious salads.
It’s a rite of passage: In August, well before the actual fall season begins, limited-service brands—especially those among the coffee, doughnut, and bakery-café categories—trip over each other to be the first to market with all fashions of fall-themed goods, from apple-pie this to
Waffle menu development gives QSR operators new ingredient ideas for attracting customers.
A few years back, the Trouble Coffee and Coconut Club in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset neighborhood began selling slices of cinnamon toast for $4.
Top QSR burger brand Shake Shack had successful IPO stock offering.
When Shake Shack went public in January, its shares were priced at $21. The next morning, the stock began trading at $47 per share, and in May, the price peaked at nearly $97.