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...
Industry News
As college football teams head to some of the 40 bowls taking place across the country, no destination is perhaps as tempting as the Bahamas Bowl. And for the second year in a row, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen will be the title sponsor for the Christmas Eve game, this time with Middle Tennessee...
Top QSR chains invest in charity work and community service to support restaurants.
Charitable Giving
When new franchisees sign on with Tropical Smoothie Café, they attend training sessions to learn everything they need to know about the concept, from product builds to customer service best practices. But that also includes how to celebrate National Flip Flop Day to raise money for Camp Sunshine....
Industry News
News of a better-burger brand bolstering its executive team and preparing for major franchise growth isn’t an immediately grabbing headline these days; the category has long since expanded across the country and established itself as a tour de force in the fast-casual world. But Good Stuff Eatery...
Fast casual and QSR chains menu popular Central and South American cuisine.
Menu Innovations
The influence of Latin American food on the U.S. cultural palate continues to expand, from not only Mexico, but also from across Central and South America and the Caribbean. From empanadas to chimichurri, there’s an array of Latin food styles and flavors for limited-service operators to consider....
Top QSR restaurant chains balance finance budgets in preparation for 2016.
Finance
For many quick-service operators, year-end is budget season. But developing meaningful numbers for the next year requires a methodical approach. Accurate historical data and relevant industry forecasts are two sides of the same coin in supporting strategic initiatives and moving the business...
Quick service restaurants can learn potato tips from Trine University chef.
Many people think of baked potatoes and french fries when it comes to potato dishes in restaurants. What are some new ways potatoes are finding their way to menus?I think smashing or ripping and then flash frying is a hot trend right now.
New innovative technology tools improve and streamline restaurant business.
Technology is sort of a funny word to use in the limited-service restaurant industry these days—or any industry, really. After all, what does technology even mean anymore? Does it only reference digital tools? Or does smart equipment count, too?
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.
QSR chains take notes from Millennial led startup companies to innovate business.
When Manny Carral started Revolucion Coffee + Juice in San Antonio four years ago, he thought he was going into unfamiliar territory. The California transplant had no background in food or beverage service and had recently moved to Texas.
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.