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Long known for being socially progressive and active, Ben & Jerry’s is now offering its associates an opportunity to cultivate their own passions through two online classes. The Vermont-based brand partnered with Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, and the Story of Stuff Project to launch...
Outback Steakhouse founder plans new fast casual bowl concept in South Florida.
Web Exclusive
Perhaps no segment of the restaurant industry has taken a harder hit from the relentless growth of the fast-casual sector than casual dining. In a culture of increasingly budget- and time-conscious consumers, the overwhelming trend has been for folks who formerly frequented casual-dining...
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It’s not uncommon for a growing brand to launch a new franchise program, but it is rare for an existing brand to relaunch franchising after indefinitely suspending it. But Dallas-based Pizza Patrón has always prided itself on treading the road less taken. In January 2014, the chain known for its “...
Healthy QSR and fast casual restaurants serve nutritious alternatives to standard menu.
Nutrition
Obesity is on the rise, with two-thirds of American adults considered overweight or obese. Millions lack consistent access to affordable, healthy food. And as the world stares down the prospect of feeding 9 billion people by 2050, studies indicate that developed-world levels of meat consumption are...
Fast casual chef talks culinary inspiration at his Dallas based restaurant brand.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
I grew up in a big Italian household and was accustomed to the family meals, gatherings, and entertaining from an early age. I remember getting a lot of energy being around food and curiosity about all those preparing the meals. Even through high school, I was at the countertop or in home economics...
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For some four decades, Jane Grote Abell has lived and breathed the Donatos Pizza culture. Her new book, The Missing Piece: Doing Business the Donatos Way, shares the history of the Columbus, Ohio–based brand, as well as anecdotes from Abell herself and other members of the pizza family. “The real...
DC based fast casual restaurants innovate in nations capital and raise money for growth.
Fast Casual
Washington, D.C., wasn’t always known as a food town. For years our nation’s capital languished as a culinary wasteland, filled with stuffy steakhouses and corporate types with little sense for restaurant adventure. Today, however, the city is a bona fide food destination, and that’s especially...
Chicago fast casual chain offers healthy versions of fast food classics.
Emerging Concepts
*/ Despite having offerings like the Avo-Matcha protein drink and low-calorie whole-wheat flax tortilla–wrapped burritos, Protein Bar is in the business of guiding diners toward healthier foods, not prescribing a specific diet or health regimen, says CEO Samir Wagle. “We’ve noticed over the last...
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.
Top QSR chains leverage big data numbers for restaurant business success.
In April, Josh Patchus began his new job at Cava Grill, the upstart Washington, D.C.–based fast casual.In a world of cooks and cashiers, marketers and managers, Patchus acknowledges that his title—chief data scientist—is an odd one, seemingly out of place at the emerging 14-unit Me
Top QSR stories in 2015 include Chipotle e coli scare and supply chain challenges.
As we put the finishing touches on 2015, a look back reveals a year full of major stories and trends throughout the limited-service restaurant industry.Although it is often difficult to pare a year’s worth of developments in culinary, financial, and operational categories, these 10 rise to the
Chicago fast casual chain offers healthy versions of fast food classics.
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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.
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.