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Under new ownership for just two years, Lenny’s Subs is getting a facelift both in terms of appearance and menu. In its home base of Memphis, Tennessee, one company-owned store has already been overhauled. The new color palette features cool grays, reds, and blues rather than muted beiges and taupe...
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With a background in entrepreneurship, technology, and brand design, Tim Young and Scott Drummond set out to bring together the best elements of the quick service and fast casual segments into one concept that symbolizes the essence of the healthy and sustainable zeitgeist. The new project, dubbed...
QSR better burger leader Culvers thrives on customer service and family environment.
Sitting along the winding Wisconsin River in southern Wisconsin, the town of Sauk City was originally the site of an ambitious Indian village, one that an 18th century visitor called “the largest and best built Indian town [he] ever saw.” “It contains about 90 houses, each large enough for several...
QSR brands partner with equity firms to finance restaurant unit growth.
Equity relationships are intended to be mutually beneficial, with the brands and their private equity (PE) partners both contributing—and both reaping the rewards. But brands may not know what to expect from the partnership as it matures. Each relationship is different, but experts say productive...
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Ask anyone walking down the street to recite the Papa John’s slogan, and chances are he will answer without skipping a beat, “Better ingredients. Better pizza. Papa John’s.” Ask him to explain the “how” behind those words and the answer will be less eager. Papa John himself—founder and CEO John...
Big QSR brands invest in research and development labs to create new products.
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Some savvy limited-service chains are suddenly taking very literally the long-held notion that fast food is a science. Both Wendy’s and Dairy Queen have recently opened new research labs aimed at better serving and better understanding their customers. The new Wendy’s lab, which the company calls...
QSR brands can build business and improve restaurant experience with these tips.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
Q: In a recent column you contrasted customer service and customer experience. I understand the difference now, but how should I work on my customer experience? A: So glad you asked! Customer experience is the new battlefield where the war for customers’ dollars and devotion is fought. And yet so...
California QSR franchisee invests in employees for strong job growth and promotion.
When Farouk Diab immigrated to the U.S. from Israel in 1975, he secured his first job at a Wienerschnitzel Premium Hot Dogs in San Jose, California. Diab started as a janitor, but with a strong work ethic, he quickly climbed the company ladder to a managerial role. Recognizing Diab's dedication,...
Quick service restaurant franchisees prepare FDDs with unit economics in mind.
For years, the two most important words in franchising—for both franchisors and franchisees—have been unit economics. The success or failure of a franchise concept can pivot off of how well unit economics are tracked, managed, and improved.
Biggest quick service restaurant brands build unit counts and system wide sales.
Read the ProfilesBrowse the Big ChartSee The ContendersSegmentsBurgerSandwichSnackMexicanPizza/PastaChickenAsianSeafoodThe quick-service restaurant industry continues to evolve, and that’s no more evident than in the QSR 50.
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 brands plate fresh and natural ingredients to improve health and nutrition.
Fresh has become a mantra of the restaurant industry these days, and there’s nothing that conveys fresh better than using raw items, particularly fruits and vegetables.
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
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.