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Wendy’s made waves last week when it announced during its fourth-quarter earnings call that it would be making service and experience improvements to compete more with fast-casual companies like Five Guys. Executives at the iconic brand stated that they would expand Wendy’s new prototype, but it...
Quiznos new growth strategy includes a store redesign.
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For the first time in years, Quiznos franchisee Kevin Tackett and dozens of his fellow franchisees with the toasted-sub chain have reason to smile. After three gloomy years of falling sales, shuttered stores, and mounting company debt, Quiznos finally appears positioned to reinvigorate the brand,...
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This week, QSR got an exclusive media tour of the first Panera Bread to open in Manhattan. "Like" QSR on Facebook to access behind-the-scenes photos from the tour!  The new location opened Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 330 Seventh Avenue at 29th Street. The Manhattan store marks a milestone for the fast...
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With more than half of Yum! Brands' profits now derived from stores in 73 emerging countries outside the U.S., Yum CEO David Novak said the company sees global growth as one of its biggest opportunities in 2012. Novak said that China in particular is “the best restaurant growth opportunity of the...
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In the highly competitive U.S. coffee market, Dunkin’ Donuts has been distinguished for brewing a superior guest experience.    For the sixth straight year, Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, has been recognized by the Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement...
Steve Nash is a partner and franchisee with Liquid Nutrition.
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Several established restaurant chains have brought on professional athletes as franchisees in recent years, but one upstart quick serve is taking the athlete partnership to the next level. Liquid Nutrition, a Montreal-based health-food-and-beverage concept that plans to debut in the U.S. later this...
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When Panera Bread’s 1,500th store opens Tuesday, Feb. 7, it will be the company’s first location in Manhattan. "Like" QSR on Facebook to see exclusive photos of the new Manhattan location! The brand ranked No. 13 on the most recent QSR 50 list, and it already boasts 90 cafes in the tri-state area....
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Chipotle Mexican Grill executives sounded an optimistic note for the coming year during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call, despite an anticipated double-digit rise in costs for the company's naturally cultivated commodities. Montgomery Moran, co-CEO of Chipotle, said the company expects to...
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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 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.
Nonalcoholic cocktails could offer great beverage innovation for quick serves.
While attending the Research Chefs Association’s annual conference in San Antonio this past March, I wandered into the Esquire Tavern, a historic downtown institution with a cocktail menu capable of tempting even the most ardent teetotaler.Like hundreds of other hip restaurants and watering ho
Startup fast casual and QSR chains find finance help through nontraditional funders.
Eager to launch his new restaurant concept Komotodo Sushi Burrito and having already experienced one failed Kickstarter campaign, Alonzo Martinez designed a new strategy and went at it again.
Chances are that when you hear the term “big data,” you think of Ph.D. candidates slaving over massive banks of computers—not restaurants.
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.