Industry News
Fast casual UFood Grill prides itself in serving up wholesome, healthy food with even heartier items not surpassing the 700-calorie mark. Given the Massachusetts-based brand’s health halo, CEO Sal Rincione knew it was time for him to make some lifestyle changes. Last October when vice president of...
Southern California fast casual kale salad excites customers looking for bitter notes.
Menu Innovations
“It’s on a secondary menu that we call ‘Get It Naked,’ which to us means lower in fat and lower in calories. One of our top items has always been the tostada. What we wanted to do with the Naked menu was try to take one of our top-selling products, which was the tostada, and make it even healthier...
Industry News
Wendy Davidson remembers her first Women’s Foodservice Forum back in 1995. She had just started a new marketing position at Tyson Foods, and her manager had suggested she attend. At the time, the group’s numbers hovered around 300, but what WFF lacked in size, it made up for enthusiasm; she was...
Top QSR restaurant chains develop new menu items with flavor balance.
Menu Innovations
It seems that much of foodservice’s focus is on flavors that are sweet, salty, and savory, but there’s something to be said for ingredients that bring the tastes of bitter and sour. Just as composers add minor chords and dissonance to their works to give them a certain tonal quality, chefs do the...
Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio talks with QSR about new sandwich brand.
Interviews
Acclaimed chef Michael Voltaggio is rebranding his quick-service sandwich shop, ink.sack—sister concept to his fine-dining establishment ink.—and opening a third location. Now called Sack Sandwiches, the sandwich brand will soon have a storefront on Los Angeles’s Sunset Strip, and the chef has...
Top QSR chains protect security with credit card systems in age of restaurant breaches.
Restaurant Software
Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas knew what mattered. He knew that Wendy’s beef had to be fresh. He knew that his own quirky advertising image had to be endearing. Above all, he knew how critical it was for consumers to view Wendy’s as one step above the rest of fast food. That’s part of what makes news...
Outside Insights
The nationwide switch to EMV chip cards is progressing at a steady clip with the Payments Security Task Force projecting that 98 percent of cards will be chip enabled by the end of 2017. Furthering the point, recent data from Square, a California-based mobile payment and business solution provider...
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Los Angeles–based chef Michael Voltaggio, who made his name winning the sixth season of “Top Chef” and through his acclaimed fine-dining restaurant ink., is rebranding his quick-service sandwich shop and preparing it for growth. ink.sack, the sister concept that originally opened five years ago as...
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.
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.
San Diego chef driven fast casual operates from touch screen tablet system.
These days, it’s not uncommon to see restaurant staff take orders on an iPad or guests swiping their credit cards on a tablet reader. Mobile technology can integrate various facets of an operation.
Bankruptcy can offer brands a rare opportunity to reboot.
It would have been easy for the leadership team at Saladworks to hide out in their offices at the company’s headquarters in Philadelphia, wallowing in consternation after their company filed for bankruptcy in 2015 following an ownership dispute.Instead, they grabbed their smartphones and heade
As with Chipotle, fresh does not always equate with safe in restaurants.
It’s been a busy few months for Sloan’s Ice Cream.