Quick service executive Dan Kim helped pioneer modern day fro yo movement.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
I always remember having an interest in the quick-serve industry, and branding in general, before starting Red Mango in 2006. It was definitely a risk, as I had no prior restaurant experience, but that was a constant source of motivation for me, personally. I wanted to be a founder of a brand and...
North Carlina quick service restaurant has in house brewery and premium burger menu.
Emerging Concepts
Since opening in March 2011, Bull City Burger & Brewery has become a hit in downtown Durham, North Carolina, a line routinely extending out the door for the eatery’s built-to-order burgers crafted from pasture-raised beef and award-winning beers. Bull City principal Seth Gross, a Culinary...
Quick service restaurant brands appeal to Hispanic cusomters through advertising.
Web Exclusive
A teenage boy lounges on a couch with Jack in Box—the puppet-like mascot for the San Diego, California–based chain. They talk about what dinosaurs they’d like to be while promoting the Chick-n-Tater Melt Munchie Meal. The ad seems pretty standard—except that the dialogue is entirely in Spanish....
Industry News
While traditional Fenway Frank hot dogs continue to be bestsellers at Major League Baseball (MLB) games nationwide, Aramark is rolling out some new offerings for this year’s MLB season to stay on trend with consumer tastes. This year, Aramark is adding gluten-free stands in three stadiums that will...
Upstart quick service dessert brand CREAM serves premium ice cream sandwiches.
Emerging Concepts
A homemade treat made for neighborhood kids has become a growing dessert concept in California that chief operating officer Jim Ryan expects the rest of the country to be screaming for in the next decade. Screaming as in, “We all scream for ice cream.” But not just ice cream. Cookies, too. CREAM is...
Quick service brands earn customer loyalty through charity campaigns.
Special Report
The quick-serve business is known for its philanthropy; operators are frequently assisting one charitable organization or another. Doing charity work helps a business connect with its community, give back to those in need, and foster personal relationships with customers. But there is another...
Quick service brands invest in company culture and philanthropy to make business about more than money.
Charitable Giving
Jeff Sinelli never thought he’d end up in the Guinness Book of World Records. And he’s not so sure it’s something he’ll make a habit of pursuing. But he’s there now, along with hundreds of his employees and franchisees from Which Wich, the sandwich brand he founded in 2004, where he serves as CEO...
Portland Oregon quick service restaurant franchise owner pays fair wages.
By the time Steve Foltz was 24, he was the district manager of five Rax restaurants, and in 1989, Foltz became a partner with brothers Tom and John Whittaker and started the franchise company Cinnamon Bums. To date, the company owns 19 Jamba Juice units and three Cinnabons in Oregon and Washington...
Older QSR chains work on fresh marketing and store design to be young again.
At Zaxby’s annual convention in San Diego last April, there was plenty of celebration for the chicken-peddling chain, its franchisees, and vendors, highlighted by a private concert from country music superstar Tim McGraw.Amid the festive atmosphere, however, there was also much reflection.
QSR brands plate fresh and natural ingredients to improve health and nutrition.
Fresh has become a mantra of the restaurant industry these days, and there’s nothing that conveys fresh better than using raw items, particularly fruits and vegetables.
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.
QSR brands spend money on new food item investment programs.
Restaurant brands that are around for any length of time are likely to undergo a rebrand at some point, whether it’s a subtle store redesign or a wholesale menu shift.
QSR operators move operations systems to cloud based technology.
You would be hard pressed to find a quick-service operator who, when asked why they started their own business, answered by saying it was to become the CIO of the company.
QSR brands innovate drive through lane to build business from customer demographics.
To say that convenience is king in today’s always-connected, technology-driven world may be an understatement.