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A renowned New York City chef is getting in on the fast-casual game by spinning one of his fine-dining dishes into food-stall fare. Marc Forgione, chef and owner of Restaurant Marc Forgione in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood, opened Lobster Press in The Pennsy, a new food hall in Penn Station. The...
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Porano Pasta, the new Italian fast casual from James Beard–winning chef Gerard Craft (“Best Chef: Midwest” in 2015), opened today in St. Louis, Missouri. The new concept, Craft’s fifth restaurant under Niche Food Group and first with counter service, lets customers build their own bowls using a...
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Despite some lingering doubts around McDonald’s latest turnaround effort, the fast-food titan’s fourth quarter numbers indicate it is on the rise. Global comparable sales were up 5 percent in Q4 and 1.5 percent for 2015. In the U.S., fourth quarter comparable sales jumped 5.7 percent. Yesterday...
Atlanta fast casual chef talks fresh and local veggie sourcing in restaurants.
Menu Innovations
Vegetables are no stranger to the limited-service industry, but have long been confined to the salad bowl and sandwich topping station. Today, quick-serve and fast-casual operators are rediscovering the potential of fresh vegetables, especially as local sourcing and fresh foods are more in demand...
Top QSR chains finance global growth through new business funding.
Finance
When it launched its first restaurant in Mexico, BurgerFi learned the real-world costs behind international expansion. Expenses for site visits and long-distance communications were part of the package, but Corey Winograd, CEO of the North Palm Beach, Florida–based brand, says the costs were about...
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McDonald’s is betting on a continued winning streak with the return of Cutie brand clementines to both its Happy Meals and a la carte menu. Last week the fast-food leader brought back the seasonal fruit, which will be available nationwide through early May. This reintroduction comes just a few...
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While Chipotle remains embroiled in a public relations crisis, the long-lauded fast casual still cannot pinpoint the source of its E. coli and salmonella troubles. This information gap raises an unsettling question for all operators: How much supply chain transparency is truly available in the...
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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 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.