David Martinez treats customers like family at his Russo's units.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
Before he became a Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen franchisee, David Martinez ran a bookstore, a gym, and a Ben & Jerry’s shop. Today, after more than three years of running his two Texas-based Russo’s units, Martinez says there’s one thing he learned at his former businesses that helps him...
Choosing the right marketing agency can help you take the next growth step.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
Q: We’d like to get started with a marketing and PR firm. What suggestions do you have for hiring the right fit? —Robb McKerrow, vice president of store and brand development for five-unit, Atlanta-based Chepe’s Mexican Grill A: How exciting, Robb! Your company’s decision to engage outside...
The McDonald's Channel will entertain restaurant guests with custom content.
Late last year, McDonald’s announced that it would launch in 645 California stores its own TV channel that broadcasts news, sports, and local-interest stories. The move resonated loudly across the industry, signaling that food alone might not be the future of quick-serve dining rooms. Rather,...
Operators can build a strong relationship with customers by always saying yes.
Just so you know I read something other than comic books and cereal boxes, I was reading some heavy philosophy and business books the other day. That proverbial light bulb went on, I got to thinking about some service experiences I recently encountered, and a column was born. I don’t know who...
Umami Burger is known for its small burgers branded with the company's logo.
Emerging Concepts
Umami Burger has been causing a stir in Southern California since its inception in 2009 because its burgers are made from freshly ground beef, soft buns, and something extra: umami, or “the fifth taste.” In fact, just a little more than a year after the concept was launched, GQ named it Burger of...
Hispanic franchisees can help quick serves expand their business.
Outside Insights
The franchise business model is an attractive option for Hispanics and other minorities to consider owning, because it is a strong avenue to take for financial success. According to the 2007 Franchised Business Ownership survey conducted by the International Franchise Association’s (IFA)...
Video surveillance tools can help operators protect their stores and employees.
Outside Insights
We all know what a great tool video surveillance can be when it comes to loss prevention and employee safety. But network video—using IP-based cameras and monitoring software—can tell you far more about your business than who’s trying to rob the till. Viewed over time, network video surveillance...
Handmade and upscale ingredients will be popular on menus in 2012.
Special Report
Where will the quick serve industry be one year from now? That’s never been an easy question to answer, but these days it seems harder then ever. The economy continues to lurch wildly back and forth, sending stocks (and consumer confidence) up, down, and then up and down again. Tax laws, healthcare...
Quick service concepts have long thrived on fried chicken dishes.
Fried chicken may have roots reaching deep within the culture of the American South, but the dish’s versatility has made it an integral part of the entire nation’s restaurant landscape over the years.Traditional, homestyle fried chicken—bone-in pieces that are marinated, battered,
Quick service brands update their point of sales stations with technology advancements.
Sure, you may be able to accept credit cards on your smartphone.
QSR operators work to make higher wages effective in restaurant operation.
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
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.
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
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