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...
Industry News
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...
Top QSR franchisee in North Carolina shares ideas for connecting with community.
Like so many who go on to make a career in foodservice, Jeff Rigsby landed a job at a quick serve when he was in high school.
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.
Fast food brands discover restaurant design can affect customer behavior.
A study sponsored by CKE brand Hardee’s revealed a correlation between a restaurant’s interior design and its customers’ healthy dining habits.While the study, “Music & Light,” was conducted at Cornell University’s Food and Brand lab in Ithaca, New York, in 20
Chicago fast casual chain offers healthy versions of fast food classics.
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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.
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.