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Children’s cancer may not be cured with chocolate peanut butter cake—but it’s a start. The Double Chocolate Hill, a tower of sugary satisfaction concocted by Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, generates thousands of dollars each year for CureSearch, a national nonprofit whose mission is to fund...
Wendy's W burger.
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Quick-serve companies wrapped up their quarter earnings calls and investor meetings earlier this month, paving the way for the final fiscal term of 2011 (or, in Starbucks’ case, the beginning of fiscal 2012). Here are a few things to learn about the industry from the results. 1. Premium menu items...
Boston Market is hiring more employees to handle its holiday business.
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While national unemployment remains at a steady 9 percent, many companies are planning to repeat their annual hiring surge to support this year’s holiday season. Quick-service restaurants will play a visible role in the effort. According to Chicago-based staffing consultants Challenger, Gray &...
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David Karam, president of North America for Wendy's, will be leaving the the company at the of the end of 2011.  Karam intends to return to his Cedar Enterprises business, which operates 151 Wendy’s restaurants in six states.   “David provided excellent leadership to the organization during a...
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When the new CiCi’s Pizza location opened in Murphy, Texas, last Monday, it introduced a range of new design elements and features that could offer a peek into the future of the company. The new unit sports a brighter color palette; new uniforms and menuboards; an expanded buffet and carryout; and...
ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen
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QSR recently got an exclusive media tour of ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, the Asian fast-casual, created by Chipotle founder Steve Ells. "Like" QSR on Facebook to access behind-the-scenes photos from the tour!  The one-unit concept is located in Washington, D.C's, busy Dupont Circle area,...
Don Fertman is chief development officer of Subway.
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When Don Fertman joined Subway in 1981, the company stood as little more than an ambitious regional player. Thoughts of the brand filling the corporate heavyweight shoes it does today seemed remote and distant. But times have changed. For the last three decades, Fertman, Subway’s chief development...
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With the food-truck trend thriving in the U.S., a decade-old, Australian mobile brand is ready to replicate its success in the States. Cafe2U, a mobile espresso brand with about 120 units in Australia and more than 50 units throughout the United Kingdom, rolled out its first U.S. unit in Bend,...
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Top QSR chains leverage big data numbers for restaurant business success.
In April, Josh Patchus began his new job at Cava Grill, the upstart Washington, D.C.–based fast casual.In a world of cooks and cashiers, marketers and managers, Patchus acknowledges that his title—chief data scientist—is an odd one, seemingly out of place at the emerging 14-unit Me
It’s a rainy Monday morning in downtown Park Ridge, Illinois, a Rockwellesque suburb on Chicago’s northwestern edge.
Quick service restaurants discount to attract new, price conscious customers.
Q: Other restaurants seem to be moving away from 99-cent-and-under value menus. So what is the right discounting strategy? A: True, McDonald's has replaced its Value Menu with the Dollar Menu & More, and Wendy's 99 Cent Menu has been reconceived as the Right Price Right Size menu.
QSR chains explore new real estate site selection strategies to maximize business exposure.
In recent years, many limited-service brands have re-evaluated their ideas regarding new restaurant locations.
Top QSR burger brand Shake Shack had successful IPO stock offering.
When Shake Shack went public in January, its shares were priced at $21. The next morning, the stock began trading at $47 per share, and in May, the price peaked at nearly $97.
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