Industry News
For Fast Casual 2.0 Marination, the long-term vision has less to do with number of locations opened and more to do with community connection and education. It makes sense given that founders Roz Edison and Kamala Saxton were schoolteachers before starting their Korean-Hawaiian fusion concept in a...
Hip salad fast casual chain restaurant has woman business leader at helm.
Fast Casual
Walk into a sweetgreen and you see the restaurant of the future. You see a brightly lit dining room with modern wood finishes. You see a beverage station with house-made juices, teas, and sodas. You see a chalk-scrawled menuboard boasting of seasonal and local ingredients like beets, lentils, and...
Chicago hosts the biggest restaurant industry trade show in the country.
Competition
Saturday, May 21 Sunday, May 22 Monday, May 23 Tuesday, May 24   The National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) annual show is a sight to behold. With more than 60,000 attendees, thousands of vendor booths, and a smorgasbord of good eats, the NRA Show has become the restaurant industry’s biggest...
Wisconsin Culvers business operator is award winning manager for people skills.
Franchising
When Tony Milazzo started with Culver’s, he was 16 years old and the brand had only four units. Working through high school and on college summer breaks, Milazzo climbed to a managerial position in his hometown store, as well as at the unit close to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, campus....
Female entrepreneurs advance innovation in national fast food restaurant world.
Special Report
The argument could be made that foodservice, like so many other industries, has long been a boys’ club, one in which the top leaders and innovators are, more often than not, male. And today, men continue to dominate the foodservice C-suite. But women are on the rise, and that’s especially true in...
Industry News
Three hundred square feet might not sound like much—perhaps enough space for equipment storage or a large walk-in refrigerator. For Chicago-based concept Wow Bao, 300 or 350 square feet is the sweet spot. The brand has been building its footprint largely through nontraditional spaces like airports...
Los Angeles California based Top Round roast beef chain serves good quality sandwiches.
Web Exclusive
It seems everybody these days wants to open a fast-casual concept, from fine-dining chefs and casual-dining veterans to former NFL quarterbacks investing in retirement endeavors. And it’s for good reason: According to a recent report from Euromonitor International, fast-casual sales grew 10.4...
Industry News
Coffee is the second most consumed beverage in the U.S. (bested only by water), and its popularity only seems to be growing. According to Mintel, coffee sales were up 8.7 percent between 2014 and 2015 while carbonated soda and juice saw stagnate sales. Supply is easily scaling to meet demand but...
Nonalcoholic cocktails could offer great beverage innovation for quick serves.
While attending the Research Chefs Association’s annual conference in San Antonio this past March, I wandered into the Esquire Tavern, a historic downtown institution with a cocktail menu capable of tempting even the most ardent teetotaler.Like hundreds of other hip restaurants and watering ho
QSR has singled out quick service restaurants like Toppers Pizza as emerging concepts.
Each month, QSR singles out the quick-service and fast-casual brands we think will make a splash in the industry. Sometimes we’re right, and sometimes we’re… well, not. So which Ones to Watch brands are still on fire, and which ones have had their growth hopes doused?
San Diego chef driven fast casual operates from touch screen tablet system.
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. Mobile technology can integrate various facets of an operation.
As with Chipotle, fresh does not always equate with safe in restaurants.
It’s been a busy few months for Sloan’s Ice Cream.
Bankruptcy can offer brands a rare opportunity to reboot.
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 bankruptcy in 2015 following an ownership dispute.Instead, they grabbed their smartphones and heade