Cities like Orlando help quick serve concepts like Burger 21 find big growth.
In October, upstart fast-casual burger concept Burger 21 launched its franchise program. Rather than pursuing partners to build the brand across the national landscape, Front Burner Brands, the Tampa-based parent company of Burger 21 and the popular Melting Pot restaurants, identified its first...
Sonic will highlight its five daypart opportunities, like its dessert offerings.
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Clifford Hudson, CEO of Sonic, said during the firm's investor meeting on January 4 that the company will roll out a new marketing campaign in the spring highlighting the concept’s five daypart opportunities. Hudson said the company is improving its creative strategy "to create a better alignment,...
American Grilled Cheese Kitchen workers already receive more than minimum wage.
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Escalating food costs and only modest traffic gains aren’t the only things Rob Grendow is concerned about these days with his five Ohio-based Danny Boy’s Pizza outlets. Ohio’s latest minimum-wage hike is also putting pressure on the operation. “It might be only 30 cents,” Grendow says of the shift...
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Caribou Coffee announced that all coffees and espresso are now sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, making it the first major U.S. coffeehouse to reach this sustainable achievement. Rainforest Alliance Certified farms meet the comprehensive standards of the Sustainable Agricultural...
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After a season of sweet treats, savory snacks, and hearty comfort foods, it can be a challenge switching to less-indulgent, healthier options in the New Year. To help guests put the flavor back in healthy living, Corner Bakery Cafe introduced a Facebook program inviting fans to kick off the New...
Alternative protein options are being used on fast food burgers.
Menu Innovations
As Americans’ hunger for burgers and chicken continues to grow, restaurant operators are tweaking their menus to meet consumers’ demands for new meats and higher quality. An increasing number of limited-service restaurants have added better and more “natural” meat to their repertoires. At the same...
Alternative proteins, like hummus, are popping up on more menus.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
While my esteemed QSR colleagues turn their attentions this month to more traditional proteins, I thought I’d venture off the beaten path a bit to talk about some alternatives that are gaining traction with chefs and consumers. Our Western tendency to think of protein in terms of animals with fur,...
Mike Lassiter plays an important role in Rising Roll Gourmet's CSR efforts.
Charitable Giving
In today’s business environment, corporate social responsibility (CSR) receives a lot of lip service from media and public relations. But experts say a CEO who steps up his company’s CSR efforts will find that his organization receives more than just media accolades. In fact, chief executives could...
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.
AOL founder and investor Steve Case bets on upstart fast casuals like Sweetgreen.
Perhaps best known for cofounding America Online (AOL) and later serving as its CEO, Steve Case has now turned his attention to foodservice.
Top QSR burger brand Shake Shack had successful IPO stock offering.
When Shake Shack went public in January, its shares were priced at $21. The next morning, the stock began trading at $47 per share, and in May, the price peaked at nearly $97.
Quick service brands can explore innovative potato dishes like poutine.
What can I possibly tell you about potatoes, dear quick-serve industry professional, that you don’t already know? It’s not as though you’re unacquainted with America’s favorite starch.
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
Waffle menu development gives QSR operators new ingredient ideas for attracting customers.
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.