Saxbys strives to be a locally owned coffee shop alternative to Starbucks.
Emerging Concepts
The idea that there was a void between small mom and pop coffee shops and Starbucks helped launch the Saxbys Coffee concept in 2005. “We saw that gourmet coffee was a booming concept, and that Starbucks was creating an industry and really driving up quality expectations,” says Nick Bayer, Saxbys...
Tal O'Farrell innovated skate boarding then opened a fast food restaurant.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
If all introductions into the quick-serve market were as relaxed as Tal O’Farrell’s, everyone would be tempted to sign up. O’Farrell is one of San Diego’s skateboard celebs as pioneer of the long-board and co-owner of Sector 9 skateboards. Looking to differentiate his portfolio with something that...
Moms and Millennials offer strong business potential for fast food restaurants.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
Over the past year and a half that I’ve been writing this column, I’ve hammered home how companies that try to be everything to everyone end up being nothing to no one. Focus has been my main message, as I’ve extolled the benefits of a “less is more” approach. I thought I’d drop down from that 30,...
Geographic information system technology helps operators find good locations.
Quick serves are refining how they use geographic data to create benchmarks for optimal store operations. Today’s tools can help them capture both psychographics as well as demographics. In fact, with iPad in hand, site-selection managers can use cloud computing to bring store analytics to...
Restaurant operators must always keep careful track of their food's origin.
Food Safety
Recent national news about stolen meat making its way into restaurants causes most quick-service operators to shake their heads. It’s hard to believe that operators would take such risks with the safety of their customers and their own business hanging in the balance. But misguided trust in...
The quick-serve industry has taken its share of blows from media and government alike as they suggest fast food is contributing to the nation’s obesity epidemic. And while the industry has risen to the challenge of offering lower-calorie, lower-sodium, and all-around healthier menu offerings, some...
In a big brand change, Pizza Hut added salads and pastas.
Wendy’s tries to become a kids’ place. Pizza Hut adds salad and pasta. Everybody changes their look, and now Burger King hangs up the High King. Why do we make these kind of sweeping changes in our brands? Well, sure, we do it to increase our market share by causing more visits from existing...
Sustainable packaging options are an important tool for eco friendly restaurants
In today’s eco-conscious world, sustainability is no longer a “nice to have”; it is a “must-have” for foodservice brands and an imperative to operate by every day. In fact, 93 percent of corporate CEOs say that sustainability will be critical to the future success of their companies, according to “...
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Fast casual Toast Cafe focuses on brunch daypart to build business.
When co-owners Robert Maynard and Brian Burchill launched Toast Café in 2005, they set out to create a concept that offers a better breakfast dining experience.
QSR brands innovate drive through lane to build business from customer demographics.
To say that convenience is king in today’s always-connected, technology-driven world may be an understatement.
QSR operators move operations systems to cloud based technology.
You would be hard pressed to find a quick-service operator who, when asked why they started their own business, answered by saying it was to become the CIO of the company.
QSR brands compete for best speed and accuracy in drive through restaurant operation.
As dayparts blur and customers increase their demand for more convenient and higher-quality food, the drive thru represents both a great opportunity and a potential pitfall for many restaurant operators.Mobile payment and ordering have started to creep into the drive thru, with brands like Starbucks
Presidential candidate Donald Trump gives restaurant businesses new marketing lessons.
Q: Is it true there really is no such thing as bad publicity?A:To answer this question, let’s look no further than Donald Trump, the ultimate publicity machine.
QSR brands plate fresh and natural ingredients to improve health and nutrition.
Fresh has become a mantra of the restaurant industry these days, and there’s nothing that conveys fresh better than using raw items, particularly fruits and vegetables.