Menu Innovations
“The sushi burrito concept is an evolution of the sushi roll. The American customer is looking for a nice-sized portion, but they’re gravitating toward the healthier route and the more economic route. “With the Slammin’ Salmon, it’s tataki-style salmon. It’s basically sushi grade, but we sear it on...
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The Windy City may be renowned for its deep-dish style pizza, but Chicago Franchise Systems is flattening the iconic pie with its new concept Doughocracy Pizza + Brews. The restaurant group behind two other limited-service restaurants—Nancy’s Pizza and Al’s Italian Beef—will open two franchise...
QSR restaurant owners develop new fusion food items to add adventure to menu.
Menu Innovations
There’s nothing new about fusion in food. Food historians say mixing ingredients and cooking styles of various cultures has been part of food’s evolution, from the ancient spice routes to the exchange of Old World cuisine with New World grains, fruit, and other crops. That continues today, as chefs...
Hawaii themed QSR restaurant owner shares tips on fusion menu development.
Menu Innovations
At Coconut’s Fish Café, the Hawaii-based fast casual dishing out island flavors and a renowned fish taco, fusing innovative—and often wholly different—ingredients together is the name of the game. Here, CEO and founder Michael Phillips talks about the fusion trend and how limited-service operators...
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Fresh off an infusion of venture capital in April, Cava Grill received $45 million in funding from equity investor Invus, existing partner Swan & Legend Ventures, and new partner Revolution Growth. The Washington, D.C.–based fast casual plans to use the influx to fuel its expansion of stores...
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Last week, a group of consumer, health, and environmental groups released an antibiotic policy scorecard grading 25 of the largest limited-service brands. The only brands to "pass," according to the report, were Chipotle and Panera with As; Chick-fil-A with a B; and McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts...
Legendary QSR restaurant leader Fred Deluca died after battle with leukemia
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Fred DeLuca, the legendary founder of Subway and visionary for the franchise business model, died last Monday at the age of 67 after a battle with leukemia. DeLuca founded Subway when he was only 17 years old and built it into the biggest restaurant company in the world by number of locations....
QSR brands change price strategy to account for higher costs in restaurant industry.
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Quickly rising labor costs are a major concern for quick-service operators these days as initiatives to accelerate minimum wage increases dominate the news. Since 2014, many states and municipalities have announced hikes, and New York City has even targeted the fast-food industry for mandatory...
QSR brands remove antibiotic chemicals from menu items to make healthy.
More limited-service operators are phasing out food products from animals treated with nontherapeutic antibiotics and hormones as consumers air concerns over the human and animal welfare impact of such practices.
Baked goods like cinnamon rolls give fast food restaurants a breakfast staple.
Baked goods have been a staple in the quick-serve industry for decades, but innovation in the space has boomed as several operators step up their a.m. offerings to compete in that increasingly lucrative daypart.Coffee concepts are a natural fit for baked goods.
Fast food brands discover restaurant design can affect customer behavior.
A study sponsored by CKE brand Hardee’s revealed a correlation between a restaurant’s interior design and its customers’ healthy dining habits.While the study, “Music & Light,” was conducted at Cornell University’s Food and Brand lab in Ithaca, New York, in 20
QSR brands innovate drive through lane to build business from customer demographics.
To say that convenience is king in today’s always-connected, technology-driven world may be an understatement.
QSR operators move operations systems to cloud based technology.
You would be hard pressed to find a quick-service operator who, when asked why they started their own business, answered by saying it was to become the CIO of the company.
QSR brands spend money on new food item investment programs.
Restaurant brands that are around for any length of time are likely to undergo a rebrand at some point, whether it’s a subtle store redesign or a wholesale menu shift.