High quality fast casual chains attract investor money to spur restaurant growth.
Finance
If a recent spate of large-scale investments is any indication, the new crop of Fast Casual 2.0 restaurants—with their chef-driven menus and next-level ingredients—is piquing the interests of private equity firms. And this new interest in these premium concepts could propel the category to the next...
Subway's premium ingredients could attract new customers.
Outside Insights
While nearly every player in the industry is still shaking off the dizziness from McDonald’s all-day-breakfast uppercut, a number of the big quick-service chains have tried to fight back with menu innovations of their own. Taco Bell took a huge swing by unveiling its new Quesalupa during the Super...
Hawaiian tradition comes to the mainland.
Menu Innovations
“Poké is traditionally a dish from Hawaii. It dates to hundreds of years ago, when Hawaiian fishermen would go out to sea and catch fish. With the extra fish they’d have left over, they would create these salads where they would marinate the pieces of fish in soy sauce and add macadamia nuts and...
Top QSR chains develop new bowl food menu items to appeal to customers.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
As vessels intended for eating go, it’s tough to top the versatility and comfort quotient of the tried and true bowl. While a plate behaves more like a canvas begging for some sort of formal presentation, a bowl is all about function, familiarity, and feel. A hot helping of chicken soup when you’re...
Industry News
Mondays can be manic, but a new study finds that it also might be the healthiest day of the week. According to digital order and delivery service Caviar, 52 percent of deliveries made at the start of the workweek are healthy. That figure slowly decreases as the week progresses, dropping...
California fast casual concept Heritage Eats offers global inspired menu items.
Web Exclusive
While the U.S. limited-service restaurant industry was founded on American favorites like burgers, sandwiches, and pizza (yes, we’re counting pizza as American for our purposes here), the flood of chefs pouring into the fast-casual category has brought with it a global flair. These days, chefs are...
Industry News
When Keith Novotny saw a post on Facebook about local teen Kyle Koenig’s battle with bone cancer, he was incited to help. This wasn’t the first time the Cousins Subs franchisee had been called into action. The previous summer, a Facebook friend approached Novotny about fundraising for twin girls...
Pizza QSR chain franchisee prepares to sell business when ready to retire.
Back of House
Guillermo Medellin has owned his three Russo’s New York Pizzeria stores in Houston for six years and business is going well; Medellin and his team turn out pizza to a steady stream of customers every day. But he’s already preparing for the faraway day when he decides to sell his business. Medellin...
Menu development columnist Marc Halperin talks QSR chefs using bitter and sour flavors.
If the pucker factor of lemon juice, vinegar, or Greek yogurt just makes you wince, or if the prickly sensation of bitterness on the sides and back of your tongue makes your nose scrunch and your taste buds recoil, you’re far from alone.
Quick service brands can set menu prices based on food qualities.
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on pricing strategies within the quick-service restaurant industry. Click here to read part one.Welcome back, class.
Top QSR chains develop new bowl food menu items to appeal to customers.
As vessels intended for eating go, it’s tough to top the versatility and comfort quotient of the tried and true bowl.While a plate behaves more like a canvas begging for some sort of formal presentation, a bowl is all about function, familiarity, and feel.
As with Chipotle, fresh does not always equate with safe in restaurants.
It’s been a busy few months for Sloan’s Ice Cream.
Bankruptcy can offer brands a rare opportunity to reboot.
It would have been easy for the leadership team at Saladworks to hide out in their offices at the company’s headquarters in Philadelphia, wallowing in consternation after their company filed for bankruptcy in 2015 following an ownership dispute.Instead, they grabbed their smartphones and heade