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When it comes to building up a restaurant chain, companies generally fall into one of two camps: growth by franchising or growth through corporate stores. Like political parties, these affiliations are chosen based on core values and more often than not, they are mutually exclusive. That’s not the...
Top California chef Roy Choi opens healthy fast food chain for low income neighborhood.
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Roy Choi isn’t just trying to turn fast food on its head. Before he’s all done, he aims to turn the entire restaurant industry—if not the entire domestic food industry—upside down and inside out. Some words of advice to restaurant industry executives who might snicker at his lofty goals: Ignore him...
Top QSR chains look to international countries for new business growth.
Growth
The world market is hungry for American brands—literally. As multiple restaurant executives will attest, iconic American fare—everything from burgers and hot dogs to pies and doughnuts—have an added allure overseas. Despite this general demand, picking specific countries and regions in which to...
Outside Insights
It took Chipotle 22 years to transform itself from a burrito stand to a $23 billion brand. The brand did it by meeting customer expectations regarding fresh, locally sourced, customizable food at a good price long before the competition even thought about the phrase, “genetically modified,” let...
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QSR chains take notes from Millennial led startup companies to innovate business.
Technology
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. And while his new career path was full of twists and turns,...
Industry News
A Los Angeles–based concept is hoping to spin its innovative take on a regional seafood dish into national fast-casual success. Sweetfin Poké, which dishes customizable seafood bowls in the manner of the popular Hawaiian dish poké, announced last week that it had closed on a round of funding for...
New innovative technology tools improve and streamline restaurant business.
In the Store
Technology is sort of a funny word to use in the limited-service restaurant industry these days—or any industry, really. After all, what does technology even mean anymore? Does it only reference digital tools? Or does smart equipment count, too? What about online gadgets and gizmos? These were...
Top chefs open new fast casual restaurants to reach mass consumer audience.
Fast Casual
One of the most dynamic culinary changes in restaurant history may be wafting just under our collective noses: Chefs—real, honest-to-goodness chefs—are taking over fast-casual kitchens. Thought it was just a novelty? For 2016, these chef-driven fast-casual restaurants rank as the industry’s second-...
Quick service restaurants discount to attract new, price conscious customers.
Q: Other restaurants seem to be moving away from 99-cent-and-under value menus. So what is the right discounting strategy? A: True, McDonald's has replaced its Value Menu with the Dollar Menu & More, and Wendy's 99 Cent Menu has been reconceived as the Right Price Right Size menu.
As with Chipotle, fresh does not always equate with safe in restaurants.
It’s been a busy few months for Sloan’s Ice Cream.
Canada Asian food chain Wok Box had employee lose weight on its meals.
Twenty-year-old Alec Vela and 22-year-old Emily Allworth, both employees in the foodservice industry, drastically turned their lives around. Vela and Allworth each recently lost about 50 pounds due to changes in their diet and exercise habits.
Bankruptcy can offer brands a rare opportunity to reboot.
It would have been easy for the leadership team at Saladworks to hide out in their offices at the company’s headquarters in Philadelphia, wallowing in consternation after their company filed for bankruptcy in 2015 following an ownership dispute.Instead, they grabbed their smartphones and heade
Restaurant breakfast is growing trend
You have nearly everything you need to be successful at breakfast: Beautiful facilities, a trained staff, and loyal customers.So why do so many operations struggle with this daypart? Keeping up is often hard to do.