Progressive DC QSR pizza chain designs unique restaurants and menu items.
Emerging Concepts
Creativity runs wild at &pizza, and it starts with the name; the ampersand is trademarked and the brand is pronounced “and pizza.” In the stores, the creativity extends to the pizza—and then some. &pizza cofounder Michael Lastoria says he has a passion for building up new ideas from scratch...
QSR brands hiring new immigrant employees must legally protect jobs.
Human Resources
In a country whose foreign-born population has eclipsed 13 percent of the total (some 41.3 million people), hiring immigrants has become as inevitable as it is important for quick-serve restaurant operators. And by keeping abreast of relevant laws, filing the right paperwork early and often, and...
Industry News
Under new ownership for just two years, Lenny’s Subs is getting a facelift both in terms of appearance and menu. In its home base of Memphis, Tennessee, one company-owned store has already been overhauled. The new color palette features cool grays, reds, and blues rather than muted beiges and taupe...
Industry News
With a background in entrepreneurship, technology, and brand design, Tim Young and Scott Drummond set out to bring together the best elements of the quick service and fast casual segments into one concept that symbolizes the essence of the healthy and sustainable zeitgeist. The new project, dubbed...
QSR better burger leader Culvers thrives on customer service and family environment.
Sitting along the winding Wisconsin River in southern Wisconsin, the town of Sauk City was originally the site of an ambitious Indian village, one that an 18th century visitor called “the largest and best built Indian town [he] ever saw.” “It contains about 90 houses, each large enough for several...
QSR brands partner with equity firms to finance restaurant unit growth.
Equity relationships are intended to be mutually beneficial, with the brands and their private equity (PE) partners both contributing—and both reaping the rewards. But brands may not know what to expect from the partnership as it matures. Each relationship is different, but experts say productive...
Industry News
Ask anyone walking down the street to recite the Papa John’s slogan, and chances are he will answer without skipping a beat, “Better ingredients. Better pizza. Papa John’s.” Ask him to explain the “how” behind those words and the answer will be less eager. Papa John himself—founder and CEO John...
Big QSR brands invest in research and development labs to create new products.
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Some savvy limited-service chains are suddenly taking very literally the long-held notion that fast food is a science. Both Wendy’s and Dairy Queen have recently opened new research labs aimed at better serving and better understanding their customers. The new Wendy’s lab, which the company calls...
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.
Colorado fast casual brand serves wine and cheese in QSR environment.
After a globe-trotting career as a professional cyclist, Will Frischkorn retired in late 2009, soon after tackling another endurance and will-testing adventure.In August 2011, Frischkorn and his wife, Coral, launched Cured, a Boulder, Colorado–based specialty market peddling cheese, wine, and
A quiche hits the spot any time of day.
Breakfast has always broken the rules.Whereas frosted cinnamon buns, bowlfuls of chocolate-flavored puffed rice, and jelly doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar are considered perfectly acceptable morning mealtime fare, anyone besides a college student who breaks out the same items for dinner on a re
Top QSR chains add new workers with jobs to prep for holiday business rush.
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 level
QSR brands roll out new healthy menu items like nutritious salads.
It’s a rite of passage: In August, well before the actual fall season begins, limited-service brands—especially those among the coffee, doughnut, and bakery-café categories—trip over each other to be the first to market with all fashions of fall-themed goods, from apple-pie this to
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.