Industry News
When comparing fast casual from traditional fast food, the food is often the distinguishing factor. Nevertheless, the restaurant’s atmosphere still plays a major part in separating a quick bite from a meal that invites patrons to linger. In 2011 Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill began updating its...
QSR brands use low fat ingredients like healthy cooking oils to improve menu nutrition.
Menu Innovations
Just the mention of words like oils and fats makes some consumers queasy. The former can conjure the image of grease, while the latter may make them think of issues like obesity and high cholesterol. These days, however, the use of good fats and oils by quick-service operators in their cooking and...
QSR sandwich brand Firehouse Subs employs artist to work on store murals.
In the Store
When they decided to enter the restaurant game, former firefighters Robin and Chris Sorensen knew they wanted to honor their firefighting brethren. The brothers were less sure of how to do so in a unique way. “As we were putting it all together conceptually, we saw an article in the paper about a...
QSR brand Corner Bakery one of original fast casual leaders in growing restaurant industry.
Competition
Any brand with its sights set on growth has a solid plan for that growth in place—often an aggressive one, at that. Bakery-café brand Corner Bakery is certainly no exception, with a goal of doubling the size of its 190-plus-unit brand by 2017. Though the Chicago-born and Dallas-based brand has been...
Brian Niccol is chief executive at QSR Mexican leader Taco Bell.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
I’ve always been a big fan of food. Before I was with Taco Bell and in the quick-serve industry, I had a boss who helped me get comfortable with the opportunity to challenge the “way it was done.” Rather, could something be designed differently or packaged differently? How can it be better or...
QSR leader McDonalds debuts new made to order burger building kiosk.
Web Exclusive
McDonald’s has had a tough couple of years, with declining same-store sales and customer perception problems. But the company, led by new CEO Steve Easterbrook, might finally have some good news to hang its hat on: This week, McDonald’s enjoyed its highest stock price in nearly a year amid investor...
Industry News
Nothing says summer quite like lobster and corn on the cob. So says Adam Eskin, the founder and owner of Dig Inn, a New York City concept that serves up seasonal, farm-to-table fare. This month, Dig Inn collaborated with fellow fast casual Luke’s Lobster to bring lobster to the menu. Now through...
Progressive DC QSR pizza chain designs unique restaurants and menu items.
Emerging Concepts
Creativity runs wild at &pizza, and it starts with the name; the ampersand is trademarked and the brand is pronounced “and pizza.” In the stores, the creativity extends to the pizza—and then some. &pizza cofounder Michael Lastoria says he has a passion for building up new ideas from scratch...
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.
Quick service brands can explore innovative potato dishes like poutine.
What can I possibly tell you about potatoes, dear quick-serve industry professional, that you don’t already know? It’s not as though you’re unacquainted with America’s favorite starch.
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 take notes from Millennial led startup companies to innovate business.
When Manny Carral started Revolucion Coffee + Juice in San Antonio four years ago, he thought he was going into unfamiliar territory. The California transplant had no background in food or beverage service and had recently moved to Texas.
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.