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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...
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Food News Media, the publisher of QSR and FSR magazines, award-winning business publications for the restaurant industry, is now accepting entries for the 2016 HALO Awards, which seek to recognize and honor restaurants that are making meaningful contributions to a healthy, active lifestyle. Both...
QSR chain leader shares ideas on building business culture in restaurant industry.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
Like so many, my first real job was a grill operator for a fast-food chain when I was in high school. I still love this people-oriented, service-based industry today. It's brand-driven, and I love that my position with Arby's—and the industry in general—requires fast-paced, constant innovation....
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Tonight the Democrats will host their first nationally televised debate of the election season—and Marco’s Pizza will be ready for a spike in delivery orders. During the previous two Republican debates, the Ohio-based pizza brand witnessed an increase in delivery orders of 21 percent in August and...
Colorado fast casual brand serves wine and cheese in QSR environment.
Emerging Concepts
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...
QSR business leaders partner with friends and family to build successful restaurant concepts.
In the Store
Family members, spouses, or close friends who start a concept together can enjoy unmatched levels of trust between partners that is rarely seen in the business world. This inherent trust can then lead to monumental success. But going into business with one’s family or friends also presents a number...
QSR brands innovate drive through lane to build business from customer demographics.
Drive Thru
To say that convenience is king in today’s always-connected, technology-driven world may be an understatement. We order groceries from the comfort of our couches; we know what’s going on halfway around the world in real time via Twitter; and we pick out and pay for our dinner through an app on our...
Start up technology entrepreneurs use disruption method to change restaurant industry.
It was another late night last fall at the LivingSocial office in Washington, D.C., and Alan Clifford and Ian Costello were hungry.
Fast food brands are adding new breakfast items like parfaits to their menu.
The morning meal has long been a key element of some limited-service restaurants, and it’s no surprise that the number of operators entering this daypart continues to grow, as owners look to boost their revenues and build customer loyalty.More than a dozen quick-service and fast-casual chains
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 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.
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.