Industry News
When Uncle Maddio’s received its second equity investment in December, it was from a very familiar source. In June S&S Group took a minority stake in the pizza brand, and earlier this month Rutherford Seydel became the second investor. Seydel, a partner at a corporate law firm and co-owner of...
Top QSR franchise chains show off brand to potential franchisee clients.
Franchising
Confetti rains down on potential Which Wich franchisees while internal team members sing and offer rounds of high-fives. In Idaho, a potential franchisee rolls up his sleeves and takes orders at Pita Pit’s flagship in the U.S. In Tampa, Florida, candidates sit across the table from Checkers/Rally’s...
Top QSR stories in 2015 include Chipotle e coli scare and supply chain challenges.
Competition
As we put the finishing touches on 2015, a look back reveals a year full of major stories and trends throughout the limited-service restaurant industry. Although it is often difficult to pare a year’s worth of developments in culinary, financial, and operational categories, these 10 rise to the top...
Former NFL player with Baltimore Ravens now serves pizzas in top QSR.
Franchising
After playing nine seasons in the NFL—including a Super Bowl win with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013—Oklahoma native Billy Bajema decided his football career had run its course and he was ready for the next adventure. He had a business degree, but had not contemplated working in the restaurant...
Top QSR sandwich chain Which Wich improves kid menu with help from moms.
Web Exclusive
Just about everyone loves to gripe about kids’ meals. Parents complain about the food quality. Kids complain about the toy quality. And many restaurant owners complain that kids’ meals are just a fraction of sales. But a funny thing happened at the Dallas-based sandwich chain Which Wich after the...
Industry News
Consumers might be more health-minded than in years past, but that doesn’t mean they’re shying away from comfort food—at least Dave McDougall doesn’t think so. The CEO of Nashville-based Back Yard Burger knows the importance of indulging ever so often. This month, the better-burger brand introduced...
Industry News
The future looks bright for the Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli. The Colorado-based fast casual is gearing up for unprecedented growth with a new menu, revamped store and logo design, and a streamlined approach to operations. “What’s that next step that’s going to allow us to differentiate...
Chicago based fast casual Naf Naf Grill offers Middle East cuisine in quick restaurant environment.
Emerging Concepts
Seven years ago, Sahar Sander and Elan Burger pooled their savings and opened a shop serving Middle Eastern cuisine in a small footprint with no air conditioning and a bold purple painted exterior—the architectural lines of a vintage Taco Bell. The 1,200-square-foot restaurant, located in the far...
A quiche hits the spot any time of day.
Breakfast has always broken the rules.Whereas frosted cinnamon buns, bowlfuls of chocolate-flavored puffed rice, and jelly doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar are considered perfectly acceptable morning mealtime fare, anyone besides a college student who breaks out the same items for dinner on a re
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.
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
Chances are that when you hear the term “big data,” you think of Ph.D. candidates slaving over massive banks of computers—not restaurants.
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.