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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.
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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...
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Leyenda is like any other newly minted quick serve: In its first month the crew behind the concept have faced their share of challenges and successes. And like any successful team, they are rising to the task. The only difference between Leyenda and other emerging concepts is that it was hatched...
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When Christine Sfeir stepped into a taxi in Washington D.C. seven years ago, the very last thing on her mind was opening a Lebanese restaurant in the United States. When she stepped out, it was the only thing on her mind. It was the taxi ride that changed everything. The driver was enthralled by...
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Emerging Concepts
Great Wraps Grill CEO and chairman Mark Kaplan says that when he and company president Bob Solomon started the now 26-year-old hot wrap concept, few people knew what a wrap was. “We bought a small Mediterranean food company called Gyro Wrap and rebranded those few stores to Great Wraps,” Kaplan...
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.
Colorado fast casual brand serves wine and cheese in QSR environment.
After a globe-trotting career as a professional cyclist, Will Frischkorn retired in late 2009, soon after tackling another endurance and will-testing adventure.In August 2011, Frischkorn and his wife, Coral, launched Cured, a Boulder, Colorado–based specialty market peddling cheese, wine, and
A quiche hits the spot any time of day.
Breakfast has always broken the rules.Whereas frosted cinnamon buns, bowlfuls of chocolate-flavored puffed rice, and jelly doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar are considered perfectly acceptable morning mealtime fare, anyone besides a college student who breaks out the same items for dinner on a re
Top QSR chains add new workers with jobs to prep for holiday business rush.
Those in the world of customer service know all too well the stress that the holiday season brings: long lines of customers, clogged parking lots, and sometimes hangry (hungry and angry) shoppers.To accommodate the huge jump in traffic, businesses across America start hiring and training large level
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
QSR operators move operations systems to cloud based technology.
You would be hard pressed to find a quick-service operator who, when asked why they started their own business, answered by saying it was to become the CIO of the company.