Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
Eons before White Castle ever conceived of sriracha chicken sliders—way back when food trucks selling curry burritos or sushi sub sandwiches were only a glimmer on a very, very distant horizon—fusion cuisine had a proponent in the person of Catherine de’ Medici, wife of France’s King Henry II. Many...
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Before serving poutine—the Canadian favorite consisting of french fries, gravy, and cheese curds—Danny Rodriguez was all about show business. After graduating with a degree in film studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Rodriguez opened his own company under an output deal with...
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Industry News
On this day, October 1, 2015, meatless-Monday advocates get to step out of the box and celebrate how far vegetable-forward cuisine has come with the celebration of World Vegetarian Day. The celebrants won’t just be those who ascribe to elimination diets though. Finding itself at the confluence of...
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In September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an initiative to cut national food waste in half by 2030. Under this program, the USDA will work with the Environmental Protection Agency, continuing the agency’s efforts to educate consumers about food date labels and safe food...
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Menu Innovations
“The sushi burrito concept is an evolution of the sushi roll. The American customer is looking for a nice-sized portion, but they’re gravitating toward the healthier route and the more economic route. “With the Slammin’ Salmon, it’s tataki-style salmon. It’s basically sushi grade, but we sear it on...
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The Windy City may be renowned for its deep-dish style pizza, but Chicago Franchise Systems is flattening the iconic pie with its new concept Doughocracy Pizza + Brews. The restaurant group behind two other limited-service restaurants—Nancy’s Pizza and Al’s Italian Beef—will open two franchise...
QSR restaurant owners develop new fusion food items to add adventure to menu.
Menu Innovations
There’s nothing new about fusion in food. Food historians say mixing ingredients and cooking styles of various cultures has been part of food’s evolution, from the ancient spice routes to the exchange of Old World cuisine with New World grains, fruit, and other crops. That continues today, as chefs...
Hawaii themed QSR restaurant owner shares tips on fusion menu development.
Menu Innovations
At Coconut’s Fish Café, the Hawaii-based fast casual dishing out island flavors and a renowned fish taco, fusing innovative—and often wholly different—ingredients together is the name of the game. Here, CEO and founder Michael Phillips talks about the fusion trend and how limited-service operators...
Quick service restaurants discount to attract new, price conscious customers.
Q: Other restaurants seem to be moving away from 99-cent-and-under value menus. So what is the right discounting strategy? A: True, McDonald's has replaced its Value Menu with the Dollar Menu & More, and Wendy's 99 Cent Menu has been reconceived as the Right Price Right Size menu.
Ideas and insights from 17 years of top quick service industry publication QSR magazine.
The quick-service restaurant industry is always changing, and for 17 years and 200 issues, QSR has been there to write it into the history books.As the leading source of news and information for the industry, we’ve watched trends come and go, brands rise to prominence while others fade away, a
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 roll out new healthy menu items like nutritious salads.
It’s a rite of passage: In August, well before the actual fall season begins, limited-service brands—especially those among the coffee, doughnut, and bakery-café categories—trip over each other to be the first to market with all fashions of fall-themed goods, from apple-pie this to
Top QSR burger brand Shake Shack had successful IPO stock offering.
When Shake Shack went public in January, its shares were priced at $21. The next morning, the stock began trading at $47 per share, and in May, the price peaked at nearly $97.
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