Industry News
A slew of third-party services have changed the way foodservice does delivery. Generally these companies target the consumers rather than the operators, but new program UberRush hopes to serve both. Rather than customers placing an order for delivery, restaurants can take customer orders and then...
Industry News
Outside the Southeast, “turducken” is more likely to raise eyebrows than whet appetites. But Chef Adam Gertler thinks that Southern California might be ready for a sausage version of the infamous dish. Through the end of November, Pasadena, California–based fast casual Dog Haus will once again...
Waffle QSR restaurant chain executive talks new sandwich and breakfast menu ideas.
Menu Innovations
Say “waffle” in the U.S. and American consumers tend to think of one thing: that doughy, chewy disk that arises from the batter of a hotel iron or pops from the warm embrace of a toaster. But in its homeland of Belgium, the waffle is served in a variety of styles using high-quality ingredients....
Brand lessons from three promising QSR chains growing across the country.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
Q: How can I make my limited-service restaurant a great brand? A: Ever since I wrote my first book, What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest (Jossey-Bass), people have been asking my opinion of great fast-food brands. There are a lot of them out...
Southern fast casual chain executive talks influencing upscale restaurant industry.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
As an out-of-work college student, I got into this industry purely by accident. My father, who was a dentist at the time, had the desire to open a restaurant and told me I was going to be part of the business. Having no restaurant experience, we opened our first deli concept, called Checquers, in...
QSR packaging products add sustainability and creativity to new functional design.
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. Louis. Historically overlooked in favor...
West Coast QSR chain Millennial franchisee uses social media skills to build business.
Franchising
After graduating with a degree in communications from California State University, Fullerton, in 2011, Sandy Elliott was unsure of where her degree would take her; she chose the major knowing that it would be transferable in any industry. Elliott ultimately decided to pursue a childhood dream of...
Growing QSR brands change names to grab customer attention and have fresh image.
Web Exclusive
Nothing was wrong with the name Qdoba Mexican Grill. But something wasn’t right with it. It just wasn’t, well, special. “Mexican Grill has become a moniker many brands are using, but it doesn’t have much meaning with consumers,” says David Craven, vice president of brand marketing at Qdoba. The...
Top QSR chains leverage big data numbers for restaurant business success.
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 Me
Quick service restaurant franchisees prepare FDDs with unit economics in mind.
For years, the two most important words in franchising—for both franchisors and franchisees—have been unit economics. The success or failure of a franchise concept can pivot off of how well unit economics are tracked, managed, and improved.
The top quick service restaurant brands from year 2014 served new menu items, technology, innovation.
It’s that time of year. Time to look back and reflect upon the brand developments in quick service from the past year—from the surprising to the exciting and the defining—that seemed most important.
Atlanta fast casual chef talks fresh and local veggie sourcing in restaurants.
Vegetables are no stranger to the limited-service industry, but have long been confined to the salad bowl and sandwich topping station.
QSR chains take notes from Millennial led startup companies to innovate business.
When Manny Carral started Revolucion Coffee + Juice in San Antonio four years ago, he thought he was going into unfamiliar territory. The California transplant had no background in food or beverage service and had recently moved to Texas.