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Consumers are drinking more … coffee and specialty beverages, that is. According to the National Restaurant Association’s annual forecast, snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars are estimated to witness a 5.2 percent sales boost in 2015. This burgeoning popularity helps explain how two sister...
QSR brands must change pay models to incorporate new government regulations.
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When President Barack Obama announced a sweeping change to the country’s overtime pay law on June 30, the ripples from the first proposed adjustment in decades were immediately felt throughout the retail industry. To some employees, it could spell the end of working extra hours without additional...
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Putting a dish like pasta in a cone might seem like a wholly American way to rush through a leisurely meal. But for Emanuele Attala, chef and co-owner of the Spaghetti Incident in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the inspiration came from his hometown of Rimini, Italy. “During the summer they do a...
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Technology has long been lauded as the saving grace of an industry that relies heavily on efficiency, but amidst all of the marketing, hopes, and hype, it can be hard to tell what the big picture of restaurant tech really looks like for operators on a day-to-day basis. In an enlightening...
QSR sandwich chain executive talks inspiration to buy company.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
I remember falling in love with Capriotti’s in college. My roommate, lifetime friend, and now current business partner came home one day praising Capriotti’s as the best sandwich he had ever had. After a week, he practically dragged me there himself. He was right: It was the best sandwich I'd ever...
QSR restaurant concepts streamline unit design to better manage customer traffic.
Operators are often looking to improve their store throughput, or the efficiency with which they get customers through the restaurant. But at least one industry expert thinks that as they do so, they’re overlooking the business potential of zone merchandising to both speed throughput and boost...
QSR operators work to make higher wages effective in restaurant operation.
Human Resources
The minimum wage is on the mind of most quick-service operators today, especially as many states and cities pass regulations that bump the minimum wage upward. But when Moo Cluck Moo founder Brian Parker and his team first sat down to discuss employee pay, he says, the minimum wage wasn’t even a...
QSR brands find equity finance partners to fund future growth.
Quick-service operators looking for external financial support often find an attractive option in private equity firms. But finding the right partner takes effort, research, and a little bit of soul searching. Colleagues and industry contacts are good places to start when considering private equity...
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.
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
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
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 chains explore new real estate site selection strategies to maximize business exposure.
In recent years, many limited-service brands have re-evaluated their ideas regarding new restaurant locations.
QSR chains market to Millennial customers by selling restaurant story.
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.