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Starbucks executives announced during the brand’s first-quarter earnings call that the company increased its net revenues to a record $3.4 billion during the quarter. Further, global comparable store sales were up 9 percent. Howard Schultz, CEO of the global coffee quick serve, said during the call...
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Guests will soon know the answer to the question “What’s in Your Box?” when San Francisco’s FK Restaurants & Hospitality debuts its innovative Asian Box concept in Palo Alto, California, in February 2012.  Inspired by Asian street food carts, Asian Box will showcase traditional cooking methods...
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In an Allentown, Pennsylvania, shopping center, The Gyro Company is surrounded by fast-casual giants, including Five Guys, Panera Bread, and Firehouse Subs. But the little Greek concept isn’t taking the competition lying down. The 51-seat, 2,100-square-foot Gyro Company features a funky attitude...
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Taco Bell today introduced FirstMeal, a new breakfast menu that offers 11 menu items in 10 Western states, including California, Arizona, and Colorado. Featuring some of America’s favorite breakfast brands such as Johnsonville, Cinnabon, Tropicana, and Seattle’s Best Coffee, individual items will...
Pie Five, a new fast-casual pizza concept, has helped Pizza Inn's stock rise.
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Buoyed by improved earnings and international growth, the quick-serve industry as a whole saw its stock values handily beat the overall market in 2011 and perform much better than the rest of the restaurant industry. The S&P 500’s restaurant sub-index, consisting of the five restaurant stocks...
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Quiznos completed its previously announced financial restructuring on an out-of-court basis, helping the company avoid bankruptcy. The agreement eliminates one-third – or about $300 million – of the company's outstanding debt, and provides a significant infusion of $150 million in new equity from...
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McDonald's experienced big sales gains in 2011, and company officials announced during an earnings call that the brand will use new products and store enhancements to build on that growth in 2012. McDonald’s global comparable sales were up 5.6 percent in 2011 over 2010, with positive comparable...
Litestars founder Annie Leconte
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With a menu featuring “tartlets” and “soupdrinks,” Litestars is far from your average quick-service restaurant. The Washington, D.C.–based fast casual, which opened in October 2010, carries the motto “Healthier, Fresher, Tastier” and offers a choice of menu items boasting lower fat, cholesterol,...
Quick service restaurants can learn potato tips from Trine University chef.
Many people think of baked potatoes and french fries when it comes to potato dishes in restaurants. What are some new ways potatoes are finding their way to menus?I think smashing or ripping and then flash frying is a hot trend right now.
Top QSR stories in 2015 include Chipotle e coli scare and supply chain challenges.
As we put the finishing touches on 2015, a look back reveals a year full of major stories and trends throughout the limited-service restaurant industry.Although it is often difficult to pare a year’s worth of developments in culinary, financial, and operational categories, these 10 rise to the
Fast food brands discover restaurant design can affect customer behavior.
A study sponsored by CKE brand Hardee’s revealed a correlation between a restaurant’s interior design and its customers’ healthy dining habits.While the study, “Music & Light,” was conducted at Cornell University’s Food and Brand lab in Ithaca, New York, in 20
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.