QSR brands improve customer service hospitality skills to attract new guests.
Human Resources
Although the limited-service industry was built on the pillars of convenience and speed, the human factor is what sets brands apart. The front line of general managers, cashiers, and servers is where the customer’s experience begins and ends, and operators say that it can mean the difference...
QSR fast casual leader Chipotle to raise awareness of additives this Halloween.
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This Halloween, Chipotle Mexican Grill hopes to scare up sales and raise public awareness for unnecessary food additives at the same time. Chipotle’s 2015 Boorito fundraiser, an annual Halloween tradition and Chipotle’s most popular, offers a discounted, $3 burrito item to customers who come into...
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Hoverboards might not be gliding down the streets, but “Back to the Future Day” has helped at least one quick serve float a special promotion. On October 21, all six Chicago locations of Toppers are selling large pizzas for $10.21 to recognize the auspicious date (10/21/15) to which Marty McFly and...
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Humm, a technology platform that supports clients including the likes of Yale-New Haven Hospital, Marriott, and Disney, all started with the ringing of a dinner bell, literally.  About a dozen years ago, Bernard Briggs and his two sons would frequent Long John Silver’s every few months for a...
QSR chains promote breast cancer awareness through restaurant marketing campaigns.
Charitable Giving
Amy Erickson was once among the most coffee-focused employees at Caribou Coffee. In fact, her passion for good coffee and her penchant for taste and quality arguably helped define the brand’s flavor characteristics. When she passed away from breast cancer in 1995, Erickson left behind a legacy of...
Top QSR chains add salad menu options to satisfy healthy conscious customers.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
Occasionally, it happens that a menu item that once was perfectly at home off to the side of the main course migrates to the center of the plate. It’s happening now with poutine, the traditional Québécois medley of french-fried potatoes, cheese curds, and gravy. Once a snack or, at best, a side...
QSR business leaders consider benefits of customers eating in compared with taking out.
For decades, traditional quick-service restaurants have leaned heavily on selling food that’s ultimately consumed off-premise, whether it’s delivered through the drive-thru window or carried out from the counter. But with the rise of fast-casual brands—which bank on a high-quality experience in...
When a restaurant operator needs funding, a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan may be a viable option. But while borrowing is easier today than it was five years ago, entrepreneurs should still be ready to clear some hurdles before submitting a loan application. The digital age has brought...
Top QSR burger brand Shake Shack had successful IPO stock offering.
When Shake Shack went public in January, its shares were priced at $21. The next morning, the stock began trading at $47 per share, and in May, the price peaked at nearly $97.
Young QSR diners look for more premium and bold flavors like high quality seafood dishes.
Regular readers of this column know that for some years now, I’ve been dispensing suggestions on how quick-serve chains can do more to court millions of Millennials, aka members of Generation Y, whose adventurous palates, curious minds, and unconventional tastes have often made them elusive qu
Quick service brands make impact on restaurant industry with big news events.
It’s fair to say that 2014 has been as eventful a year for quick-service restaurants as the industry has seen in quite a while. Changing demographics and sharper competition have sparked a variety of innovations, but also exposed some weaknesses.
QSR brands roll out new healthy menu items like nutritious salads.
It’s a rite of passage: In August, well before the actual fall season begins, limited-service brands—especially those among the coffee, doughnut, and bakery-café categories—trip over each other to be the first to market with all fashions of fall-themed goods, from apple-pie this to
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
QSR chains explore new real estate site selection strategies to maximize business exposure.
In recent years, many limited-service brands have re-evaluated their ideas regarding new restaurant locations.