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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.
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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...
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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...
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It's the industry's biggest report: The QSR 50, your annual run-down of the best-performing U.S. quick-service brands. The top 50 companies ranked by U.S. system-wide sales, along with an additional 15 brands contending for the list, will appear in the August 2016 issue of QSR, giving you a glimpse...
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US fast food restaurant chains develop menu ideas from historic global meals.
Menu Innovations
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. Culinary inspiration from Europe and Latin America in particular has influenced limited-service food in the U.S. immensely and continues to drive R&D...
Major QSR chains develop new menu items with Europe and American cuisine in mind.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
In mid-to-late-20th-century America, this country was teeming with so-called “meat ’n’ potatoes” diners. These consumers’ satisfaction with their meals was determined to a large degree by whether said meals were built around a slab of animal protein and a basic starch—often potatoes or white rice....
San Francisco based fast casual taco joint features beef tongue on popular menu.
Menu Innovations
“I grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico, so I grew up with my mom making everything from scratch, tortillas and all of that. For my taste, a taco is a homemade tortilla with carne asada on the grill, or with lengua or fish, all freshly made. “Lengua (beef tongue) is such an amazing meat if it’s well done...
Restaurant breakfast is growing trend
Menu Innovations
You have nearly everything you need to be successful at breakfast: Beautiful facilities, a trained staff, and loyal customers. So why do so many operations struggle with this daypart? Keeping up is often hard to do. And as we reported in January, breakfast is changing. Breakfast is starting to look...
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As with Chipotle, fresh does not always equate with safe in restaurants.
It’s been a busy few months for Sloan’s Ice Cream.
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
In addition to helping conserve cash, bartering often leads to additional exposu
Twenty years ago, Toni Foley began bartering. These days, she won’t run her restaurant—five-year-old Eastside Café in Fairport, New York—without the practice.
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.
Restaurant breakfast is growing trend
You have nearly everything you need to be successful at breakfast: Beautiful facilities, a trained staff, and loyal customers.So why do so many operations struggle with this daypart? Keeping up is often hard to do.