The annual NRA show gives quick service and fast casual operators helpful advice
Special Report
Saturday, May 17 Sunday, May 18 Monday, May 19 Tuesday, May 20 The Chicago Scene Food News Media at the Show   The National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) annual Show is one of the restaurant industry’s must-attend events. With thousands of company booths to explore, educational sessions...
Quick service breakfast competition competes for restaurant super fans.
Outside Insights
Competition in the quick-service industry is heating up after Taco Bell rolled out hard-hitting advertising for its new breakfast menu with jabs at McDonald’s that suggest the quick-service leader is not keeping up with the times. McDonald’s, meanwhile, is grappling with recent quarterly results...
Fast food chicken restaurant in Chicago borrows dining experience from club.
Web Exclusive
Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp are not your typical restaurateurs, and that's just the way they like it. Call them alternative or off the cuff, the close friends and business partners are growing a foodservice brand built around a relational dining experience. Cikowski and Kulp met in culinary...
Florida based fast casual Burger 21 serves high quality menu in upscale setting.
Emerging Concepts
Despite the research and years of experience that went into creating Burger 21, the concept’s president has been surprised by one aspect of the business: the brand’s broad consumer appeal. “The amazing thing we didn’t predict was so many parties coming in with three generations,” says Mark Johnston...
Florida quick serve Huahua's Taqueria serves Mexican fare in outdoor setting.
Emerging Concepts
Opened in July 2013 by Miami restaurateurs Michael Boles and Niloy Thakkar, Huahua’s elevates the taco’s presence in South Beach. The concept pairs traditional Mexican favorites with avant-garde offerings crafted by Culinary Institute of America–trained chef Todd Erickson. With just three seats in...
Tropical Smoothie Café's CEO shares how he built a lifestyle brand.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
I worked at Baskin-Robbins all through high school and all through college, and really got into management. I did everything for the franchisee when I was in college—I ordered product, I hired, I fired, I did payroll. So it really got me into the business and hospitality. I thought it was a lot of...
Fast food brands scale food safety efforts up as they grow across the country.
Food Safety
It could happen to any restaurant. Business is strong, with sales and unit counts growing quickly. Optimism abounds for a healthy future. And then it happens. Contaminated food supplies filter into the system. Hundreds of customers get sick. Traffic and sales plunge as consumers worry over the food...
Quick service chains apply for trademark names to secure competitive advantage.
With constant pressure to churn out innovative menu items, some quick serves are protecting and marketing unique creations through trademarks, which, while tricky to obtain, have paid off handsomely for many owners and operators. At Austin, Texas­–based Schlotzsky’s, a trademarked sandwich known as...
QSR brands find equity finance partners to fund future growth.
Quick-service operators looking for external financial support often find an attractive option in private equity firms.
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.
Crises like inappropriate employee behavior could hurt a brand in the long run.
Ask any quick-serve operator who’s been through a crisis. He will be able to tell you the exact date, time, and day of the week the fate of his concept came under attack.
QSR brands innovate drive through lane to build business from customer demographics.
To say that convenience is king in today’s always-connected, technology-driven world may be an understatement.
QSR donut concept franchise owner uses leadership skills gained on Mt Everest.
Jeff Gottfurcht summited Mount Everest on May 14, 2011, at 6:10 A.M.
QSR brands compete for best speed and accuracy in drive through restaurant operation.
As dayparts blur and customers increase their demand for more convenient and higher-quality food, the drive thru represents both a great opportunity and a potential pitfall for many restaurant operators.Mobile payment and ordering have started to creep into the drive thru, with brands like Starbucks