Top QSR chains promote 2016 new year with healthy lifestyle deals.
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It’s that time of year again. Retailers from gyms and yoga studios to booksellers and grocers are peddling products that promise a healthier, happier lifestyle in 2016. Restaurants have always played a part in the resolution frenzy, but consumer demand for healthier, more wholesome food in recent...
Top Chef star Mike Isabella is innovating with fast casual sandwich joint in DC.
Fast Casual
On Washington, D.C.’s 14th Street, a sandwich shop is wowing guests with its innovative ingredients and flavor combinations—but it’s not doing so entirely in a fast-casual format. G by Mike Isabella is a fast-casual-by-day, full-service-by-night Italian sandwich joint owned by Isabella, the former...
Top QSR brands fight food safety issues like Chipotle faced with ecoli scare.
In the Store
When it comes to navigating crises, James Lukaszewski says there’s a simple yet effective catchphrase that should serve as a guidepost: Speed beats smart every time. That’s because every silent second that passes during a public relations disaster only makes things worse. “If you search for...
Top QSR industry customer trend makers for the year include fresh vegetables.
Special Report
We’ve gazed into our crystal ball, read the stars, and turned over our Magic 8 Ball a few times, all in an attempt to divine what trends will affect the limited-service restaurant industry in the coming year. OK, that’s not what happened. We just poured over 2016 forecasts from more than a dozen...
Top fast food stories of 2015 include McDonalds comeback and other big business news.
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1. 9 Fast Food Trends for 2015 Every time a new year gets under way, there’s a combination of promise and anxiety, a very real hope that better days are ahead mixed with uneasiness about what issues or problems may be lying in wait. That’s why predictions seem to be as much a part of a New Year’s...
Top QSR restaurant chains menu Latin American flavors to draw foodie customers.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
We begin this month with a dispatch from the Census Bureau, which reports that the U.S. Hispanic population is projected to more than double in the next four-and-a-half decades—from 55 million in 2014 to 119 million by 2060. Needless to say, the stakes are high: Latinos’ numbers and purchasing...
Florida based Greek fast casual executive shares leadership tips.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
My mom had three boys and didn’t want any of us to be in the restaurant business. Guess what happened? All three went into the restaurant business. I do feel like it was in my blood. I went to Cornell for hotel restaurant management. I worked for a consulting firm for a year or two, but after that...
San Diego fast casual Mexican chain offers spicy shrimp taco with big bold flavors.
Menu Innovations
“I owned a semi truck company. It was in an industrial area in Otay Mesa, California. It’s just across the Mexican border from a city that has the exact same name but in Spanish, and it’s an industrial zone. I would go there to get lunch where Oscar Valenzuela worked, and I asked Oscar if he could...
Fast food brands discover restaurant design can affect customer behavior.
A study sponsored by CKE brand Hardee’s revealed a correlation between a restaurant’s interior design and its customers’ healthy dining habits.While the study, “Music & Light,” was conducted at Cornell University’s Food and Brand lab in Ithaca, New York, in 20
QSR brands spend money on new food item investment programs.
Restaurant brands that are around for any length of time are likely to undergo a rebrand at some point, whether it’s a subtle store redesign or a wholesale menu shift.
Nonalcoholic cocktails could offer great beverage innovation for quick serves.
While attending the Research Chefs Association’s annual conference in San Antonio this past March, I wandered into the Esquire Tavern, a historic downtown institution with a cocktail menu capable of tempting even the most ardent teetotaler.Like hundreds of other hip restaurants and watering ho
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.
Chances are that when you hear the term “big data,” you think of Ph.D. candidates slaving over massive banks of computers—not restaurants.
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.