Top QSR chain Sonic serves new and innovative milk shake flavors at restaurants
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It’s tough stuff to stay true to your roots while adapting to the times. That is precisely the feat that Sonic Drive-In is trying to accomplish in its continued expansion from a regional darling to a national powerhouse. Certainly, such evolution has been successfully done before—just look at once-...
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Every year businesses lose millions of dollars as a result of data breaches and theft, and that number continues to grow at an alarming rate. Between January and September of 2015, more than 140 million records were compromised, compared to 85 million in all of 2014. In the past five years the...
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When Burger King launched its new line of grilled hot dogs last month, Checkers/Rally’s declared a “wiener war.” And while it's not yet clear who is winning the "war," the strategy has proved to be a boon to Checkers/Rally's hot dog business, which has doubled.   “I think it’s a fun way to protect...
Technology
With an increasing number of moving parts in a restaurant, more operators are abandoning back-office servers for Internet- and mobile-based solutions to streamline everything from compliance to point of sale. Colorado-based Modern Market wanted to use cloud-based computing since opening in 2009,...
Fast Casual 2.0 Melt Shop elevates the humble grilled cheese.
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Most people are introduced to melted sandwiches through grilled cheese, served with Cheddar or American on buttered white bread. So it makes sense that this staple comfort food is featured prominently on the Melt Shop menu. But founder Spencer Rubin wants people to know that Melt Shop isn’t a...
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Before vegan concept by CHLOE opened in New York City, creative director Samantha Wasser was a fan of another Manhattan fast casual: Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings. Now the two brands have collaborated to create a Guac Burger Dumpling that will be available at Mimi Cheng’s throughout the month of March. “I...
Dallas based fast casual restaurant executive steers company to value menu message.
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For decades, the value equation in the limited-service restaurant industry was this: Divide what you get by what you pay. The lower the price or the greater the discount, the better the value. Today, that equation more or less holds up for a large portion of U.S. consumers who remain budget-...
California fast casual pizza chain accepts investment from major QSR Asian brand.
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When big restaurant chains get hungry for growth, the answer isn’t always unit expansion. For some, the answer is to bring smaller restaurant companies into the fold through acquisition or investment. Popular at the beginning of the Millennium, this strategy has once again become attractive to...
Restaurant breakfast is growing trend
You have nearly everything you need to be successful at breakfast: Beautiful facilities, a trained staff, and loyal customers.So why do so many operations struggle with this daypart? Keeping up is often hard to do.
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
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.
Canada Asian food chain Wok Box had employee lose weight on its meals.
Twenty-year-old Alec Vela and 22-year-old Emily Allworth, both employees in the foodservice industry, drastically turned their lives around. Vela and Allworth each recently lost about 50 pounds due to changes in their diet and exercise habits.
As with Chipotle, fresh does not always equate with safe in restaurants.
It’s been a busy few months for Sloan’s Ice Cream.