Southern fast casual chain executive talks influencing upscale restaurant industry.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
As an out-of-work college student, I got into this industry purely by accident. My father, who was a dentist at the time, had the desire to open a restaurant and told me I was going to be part of the business. Having no restaurant experience, we opened our first deli concept, called Checquers, in...
QSR packaging products add sustainability and creativity to new functional design.
Design
Innovative. Customizable. Compostable. These were three of the trends that Lynn Dyer, president of the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI), expected to see from the QSR/FPI Foodservice Packaging Awards, which will be presented at FPI’s fall meeting in St. Louis. Historically overlooked in favor...
West Coast QSR chain Millennial franchisee uses social media skills to build business.
Franchising
After graduating with a degree in communications from California State University, Fullerton, in 2011, Sandy Elliott was unsure of where her degree would take her; she chose the major knowing that it would be transferable in any industry. Elliott ultimately decided to pursue a childhood dream of...
Growing QSR brands change names to grab customer attention and have fresh image.
Web Exclusive
Nothing was wrong with the name Qdoba Mexican Grill. But something wasn’t right with it. It just wasn’t, well, special. “Mexican Grill has become a moniker many brands are using, but it doesn’t have much meaning with consumers,” says David Craven, vice president of brand marketing at Qdoba. The...
Industry News
As Washington, D.C.­­–based Taylor Gourmet approached its seventh anniversary, founder and co-owner Casey Patten knew he wanted to do something special for the customers, but he also had a desire to take it to the next level. “We were thinking: What can we do that is actually better than just...
Industry News
On Wednesday, November 11 federal offices and many private businesses will close to honor Veterans Day. While the retail world will go about business as usual, several restaurant chains will offer special promotions targeting active-duty military, their families, and veterans across the armed...
Industry News
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) annually explores the top menu trends for the coming year. For this year’s What’s Hot culinary forecast, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,600 professional chefs—members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF)—to find which foods, beverages and culinary themes...
Franchising
More than 2 million Americans have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as they return home, restaurant brands are realizing that this new generation of military veterans may make ideal franchisees. These partnerships are increasingly benefitting veterans looking for post-service...
Menu development columnist Marc Halperin talks QSR chefs using bitter and sour flavors.
If the pucker factor of lemon juice, vinegar, or Greek yogurt just makes you wince, or if the prickly sensation of bitterness on the sides and back of your tongue makes your nose scrunch and your taste buds recoil, you’re far from alone.
Quick service brands can set menu prices based on food qualities.
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on pricing strategies within the quick-service restaurant industry. Click here to read part one.Welcome back, class.
Top QSR chains develop new bowl food menu items to appeal to customers.
As vessels intended for eating go, it’s tough to top the versatility and comfort quotient of the tried and true bowl.While a plate behaves more like a canvas begging for some sort of formal presentation, a bowl is all about function, familiarity, and feel.
As with Chipotle, fresh does not always equate with safe in restaurants.
It’s been a busy few months for Sloan’s Ice Cream.
Bankruptcy can offer brands a rare opportunity to reboot.
It would have been easy for the leadership team at Saladworks to hide out in their offices at the company’s headquarters in Philadelphia, wallowing in consternation after their company filed for bankruptcy in 2015 following an ownership dispute.Instead, they grabbed their smartphones and heade