Local QSR food trucks open new real estate in shopping mall courts.
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Online retailers continue to swipe business—holiday and otherwise—from brick-and-mortar retailers, including shopping malls. Given consumers’ evolving attitudes toward shopping, signing a 10-year lease in a food court might sound like dicey move for an emerging quick serve. But for Nick Crosson, it...
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Two is better than one. At least that is the thinking behind a new franchise partnership. Red Mango and Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip have teamed up to incentivize new and existing franchisees to operate cobranded stores. Ziad Dalal, cofounder of Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip and CEO of Crest...
Waffle menu development gives QSR operators new ingredient ideas for attracting customers.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
A few years back, the Trouble Coffee and Coconut Club in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset neighborhood began selling slices of cinnamon toast for $4. That audacious price for an ostensibly pedestrian product—a phenomenon that has since been replicated at many other hip, urban foodie outlets around the...
California QSR chain Bruxie offers chicken and waffle sandwich in fast casual restaurant.
Menu Innovations
“A waffle sandwich is still something that’s hard for people to get their thought process around. But chicken and waffles is very well known, particularly in the South. Most of America can associate with chicken and waffles. Ours is different, because most chicken and waffles are a Southern...
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As QSR recently reported, a name change can be a game changer for brands. In the case of Modern Market, formerly known as Modmarket, the tweaked name paves the way for growth. “When this opportunity came up, we looked far and wide and said is there anything else that better represents what we do...
Top QSR chains test new waffle menu items that are both sweet and savory.
Menu Innovations
There can’t be much waffling when it comes to waffles. The well-known batter cake is a popular dish at home and on menus at full-service, family-style restaurants known for breakfast; some even feature the item in their names. But waffles have a smaller presence among quick serves and fast casuals...
QSR chains market to Millennial customers by selling restaurant story.
Outside Insights
There’s a lot of buzz in almost every circle about the Millennial generation—those born between 1978 and 1995—and for good reason. They are spending money in a big way and, if you market to them right, they’ll spend it eating out. The numbers don’t lie. Millennials spend more per capita in...
Top QSR chains add new workers with jobs to prep for holiday business rush.
Human Resources
Those in the world of customer service know all too well the stress that the holiday season brings: long lines of customers, clogged parking lots, and sometimes hangry (hungry and angry) shoppers. To accommodate the huge jump in traffic, businesses across America start hiring and training large...
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
Fast food restaurants leverage online and social media SEO tools to boost business.
Restaurants looking to increase their customer base and drive sales through digital marketing should focus on local search engine optimization (SEO) because of its proven ability to drive in-store sales.
Crises like inappropriate employee behavior could hurt a brand in the long run.
Ask any quick-serve operator who’s been through a crisis. He will be able to tell you the exact date, time, and day of the week the fate of his concept came under attack.
Top QSR franchisee in North Carolina shares ideas for connecting with community.
Like so many who go on to make a career in foodservice, Jeff Rigsby landed a job at a quick serve when he was in high school.
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.
Startup fast casual and QSR chains find finance help through nontraditional funders.
Eager to launch his new restaurant concept Komotodo Sushi Burrito and having already experienced one failed Kickstarter campaign, Alonzo Martinez designed a new strategy and went at it again.