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When it comes to building up a restaurant chain, companies generally fall into one of two camps: growth by franchising or growth through corporate stores. Like political parties, these affiliations are chosen based on core values and more often than not, they are mutually exclusive. That’s not the...
Top California chef Roy Choi opens healthy fast food chain for low income neighborhood.
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Roy Choi isn’t just trying to turn fast food on its head. Before he’s all done, he aims to turn the entire restaurant industry—if not the entire domestic food industry—upside down and inside out. Some words of advice to restaurant industry executives who might snicker at his lofty goals: Ignore him...
Top QSR chains look to international countries for new business growth.
Growth
The world market is hungry for American brands—literally. As multiple restaurant executives will attest, iconic American fare—everything from burgers and hot dogs to pies and doughnuts—have an added allure overseas. Despite this general demand, picking specific countries and regions in which to...
Outside Insights
It took Chipotle 22 years to transform itself from a burrito stand to a $23 billion brand. The brand did it by meeting customer expectations regarding fresh, locally sourced, customizable food at a good price long before the competition even thought about the phrase, “genetically modified,” let...
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QSR chains take notes from Millennial led startup companies to innovate business.
Technology
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. And while his new career path was full of twists and turns,...
Industry News
A Los Angeles–based concept is hoping to spin its innovative take on a regional seafood dish into national fast-casual success. Sweetfin Poké, which dishes customizable seafood bowls in the manner of the popular Hawaiian dish poké, announced last week that it had closed on a round of funding for...
New innovative technology tools improve and streamline restaurant business.
In the Store
Technology is sort of a funny word to use in the limited-service restaurant industry these days—or any industry, really. After all, what does technology even mean anymore? Does it only reference digital tools? Or does smart equipment count, too? What about online gadgets and gizmos? These were...
Top chefs open new fast casual restaurants to reach mass consumer audience.
Fast Casual
One of the most dynamic culinary changes in restaurant history may be wafting just under our collective noses: Chefs—real, honest-to-goodness chefs—are taking over fast-casual kitchens. Thought it was just a novelty? For 2016, these chef-driven fast-casual restaurants rank as the industry’s second-...
QSR operators dish raw and uncooked foods to improve healthy eating.
Like other trends that embrace certain extremes and require more than a touch of sacrifice on the part of followers, the raw food movement’s appeal has been—up to this point, anyway—fairly limited.It is unknown exactly how many Americans today completely eschew cooked foods and sti
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.
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 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.