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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The top quick service restaurant brands from year 2014 served new menu items, technology, innovation.
It’s that time of year. Time to look back and reflect upon the brand developments in quick service from the past year—from the surprising to the exciting and the defining—that seemed most important.
Your playground is like a magnet. It attracts kids eager for fun and parents hungry for relaxation to your restaurant. Unfortunately, it is also a magnet for microorganisms, including those that contribute to foodborne illness.
In addition to helping conserve cash, bartering often leads to additional exposu
Twenty years ago, Toni Foley began bartering. These days, she won’t run her restaurant—five-year-old Eastside Café in Fairport, New York—without the practice.
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
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 fast casual chains offer lessons to startup premium restaurant brands like Num Pang.
I don’t make it to the movies much anymore.