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...
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
Restaurant breakfast is growing trend
You have nearly everything you need to be successful at breakfast: Beautiful facilities, a trained staff, and loyal customers.So why do so many operations struggle with this daypart? Keeping up is often hard to do.
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
In addition to helping conserve cash, bartering often leads to additional exposu
Twenty years ago, Toni Foley began bartering. These days, she won’t run her restaurant—five-year-old Eastside Café in Fairport, New York—without the practice.
Canada Asian food chain Wok Box had employee lose weight on its meals.
Twenty-year-old Alec Vela and 22-year-old Emily Allworth, both employees in the foodservice industry, drastically turned their lives around. Vela and Allworth each recently lost about 50 pounds due to changes in their diet and exercise habits.
As with Chipotle, fresh does not always equate with safe in restaurants.
It’s been a busy few months for Sloan’s Ice Cream.