Outside Insights
Chances are that when you hear the term “big data,” you think of Ph.D. candidates slaving over massive banks of computers—not restaurants. Big data has initially gotten a bit of a bum rap because few businesses—restaurants or otherwise—have been able to successfully harness their big data....
Industry News
A renowned New York City chef is getting in on the fast-casual game by spinning one of his fine-dining dishes into food-stall fare. Marc Forgione, chef and owner of Restaurant Marc Forgione in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood, opened Lobster Press in The Pennsy, a new food hall in Penn Station. The...
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Porano Pasta, the new Italian fast casual from James Beard–winning chef Gerard Craft (“Best Chef: Midwest” in 2015), opened today in St. Louis, Missouri. The new concept, Craft’s fifth restaurant under Niche Food Group and first with counter service, lets customers build their own bowls using a...
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Despite some lingering doubts around McDonald’s latest turnaround effort, the fast-food titan’s fourth quarter numbers indicate it is on the rise. Global comparable sales were up 5 percent in Q4 and 1.5 percent for 2015. In the U.S., fourth quarter comparable sales jumped 5.7 percent. Yesterday...
Atlanta fast casual chef talks fresh and local veggie sourcing in restaurants.
Menu Innovations
Vegetables are no stranger to the limited-service industry, but have long been confined to the salad bowl and sandwich topping station. Today, quick-serve and fast-casual operators are rediscovering the potential of fresh vegetables, especially as local sourcing and fresh foods are more in demand...
Top QSR chains finance global growth through new business funding.
Finance
When it launched its first restaurant in Mexico, BurgerFi learned the real-world costs behind international expansion. Expenses for site visits and long-distance communications were part of the package, but Corey Winograd, CEO of the North Palm Beach, Florida–based brand, says the costs were about...
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McDonald’s is betting on a continued winning streak with the return of Cutie brand clementines to both its Happy Meals and a la carte menu. Last week the fast-food leader brought back the seasonal fruit, which will be available nationwide through early May. This reintroduction comes just a few...
Industry News
While Chipotle remains embroiled in a public relations crisis, the long-lauded fast casual still cannot pinpoint the source of its E. coli and salmonella troubles. This information gap raises an unsettling question for all operators: How much supply chain transparency is truly available in the...
A quiche hits the spot any time of day.
Breakfast has always broken the rules.Whereas frosted cinnamon buns, bowlfuls of chocolate-flavored puffed rice, and jelly doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar are considered perfectly acceptable morning mealtime fare, anyone besides a college student who breaks out the same items for dinner on a re
Nonalcoholic cocktails could offer great beverage innovation for quick serves.
While attending the Research Chefs Association’s annual conference in San Antonio this past March, I wandered into the Esquire Tavern, a historic downtown institution with a cocktail menu capable of tempting even the most ardent teetotaler.Like hundreds of other hip restaurants and watering ho
Crises like inappropriate employee behavior could hurt a brand in the long run.
Ask any quick-serve operator who’s been through a crisis. He will be able to tell you the exact date, time, and day of the week the fate of his concept came under attack.
Chances are that when you hear the term “big data,” you think of Ph.D. candidates slaving over massive banks of computers—not restaurants.
Startup fast casual and QSR chains find finance help through nontraditional funders.
Eager to launch his new restaurant concept Komotodo Sushi Burrito and having already experienced one failed Kickstarter campaign, Alonzo Martinez designed a new strategy and went at it again.
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.