Industry News
When it comes to cutting-edge design and a multi-concept space, university dining halls hardly seem an innovative venue. The new West Campus Union Hall at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, could change that perception. New York–based designer Vincent Celano created a new dining experience...
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Top QSR chains serve popular bowl menu options as healthy and flavorful dishes.
Menu Innovations
Bowls have long served Americans as a way to dine on some everyday foods, notably soups, salads, breakfast cereal, and desserts. But these days, limited-service restaurants have adopted bowls for a variety of entrées, especially those that guests can personalize. “The ability to customize—...
Coffee QSR franchise led by family business that builds on company legacy.
Franchising
With two thriving coffee shops under his belt, it might seem that Ross Drever has java in his blood—and that might be partially true. Drever grew up around coffee; his father became the first franchisee for Gloria Jean’s Coffees when he purchased its eighth location in Aurora, Illinois, back in...
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Long a day celebrated only in neighborhood pubs, St. Patrick’s Day (and the accompanying weekend) has become a busy time for restaurants. And the action isn’t just limited to full-service restaurants and bars. Fast casuals serving wine and beer or a full bar menu are capturing some of that luck o’...
Top QSR leader McDonalds faces legal battle over franchisee liability and jobs.
Web Exclusive
Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) opened its case against McDonald’s in court, claiming the quick-serve giant is liable for the actions of franchisees as a joint employer. But the trial is not just about McDonald’s. The outcome of the widely publicized legal case that’s trying to...
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It's that time of the year again: QSR is looking for the quick-service industry’s best franchise deals. Weighing investment figures, sales trends, corporate support, and (new this year!) franchisee satisfaction, among other things, we've produced one the industry's annual can't-miss franchise...
Top chef in Midwest builds flavorful new Italian food bowls in fast casual.
Interviews
Porano Pasta, the new Italian fast casual from James Beard–winning chef Gerard Craft (“Best Chef: Midwest” in 2015), opened in January in St. Louis, Missouri. The new concept lets customers build their own bowls using a variety of authentic Italian ingredients. Guests walk down the line at Porano...
Top Mexican QSR chain executive talks inspiring company employees and culture.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
I was 27 years old and working for an independent casual-dining restaurant in Charlottesville, Virginia, when I realized that I enjoyed the high energy and challenge involved in this industry. I was drawn to the possibility of evolving business for the better, as well as the opportunity to develop...
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