Before serving poutine—the Canadian favorite consisting of french fries, gravy, and cheese curds—Danny Rodriguez was all about show business. After graduating with a degree in film studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Rodriguez opened his own company under an output deal with...
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On this day, October 1, 2015, meatless-Monday advocates get to step out of the box and celebrate how far vegetable-forward cuisine has come with the celebration of World Vegetarian Day. The celebrants won’t just be those who ascribe to elimination diets though. Finding itself at the confluence of...
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In September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an initiative to cut national food waste in half by 2030. Under this program, the USDA will work with the Environmental Protection Agency, continuing the agency’s efforts to educate consumers about food date labels and safe food...
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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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Mimi’s Cafe is trying its hand at limited service with the French Revolution rei
Not long after it announced its French Revolution brand reimage program, casual-dining chain Mimi’s Cafe thinks it’s found the key ingredient to brand expansion.The new store-within-a-store concept—where guests can opt for a grab-and-go experience, a French bakery with gourmet coff
Quick service restaurant trends to change industry in 2015 include Asian cuisine flavors.
Every time a new year gets under way, there’s a combination of promise and anxiety, a very real hope that better days are ahead mixed with uneasiness about what issues or problems may be lying in wait.That’s why predictions seem to be as much a part of a New Year’s celebration as c
Top upcoming QSR brands on verge of restaurant success.
Read the ProfilesBrowse the Big ChartSee The ContendersSegmentsBurgerSandwichSnackMexicanPizza/PastaChickenAsianSeafood The evolution of the limited-service restaurant industry continued in 2014, as traditional powerhouses faltered while fast casuals and other rising concepts asserted themselve
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 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.
QSR brands plate fresh and natural ingredients to improve health and nutrition.
Fresh has become a mantra of the restaurant industry these days, and there’s nothing that conveys fresh better than using raw items, particularly fruits and vegetables.