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.
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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...
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Next week, New York fast casual fresh&co. will begin selling holiday pies—namely cranberry-apple and pumpkin pie—at its 14 locations around Manhattan. What makes these sweets special isn’t so much their seasonality as their origins. Last month, fresh&co. began a new partnership with the...
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Top QSR chains leverage big data numbers for restaurant business success.
Restaurant Software
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 Mediterranean...
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 operators work to make higher wages effective in restaurant operation.
The minimum wage is on the mind of most quick-service operators today, especially as many states and cities pass regulations that bump the minimum wage upward.But when Moo Cluck Moo founder Brian Parker and his team first sat down to discuss employee pay, he says, the minimum wage wasn’t even
My annual tradition of regaling you with the biggest brand stories of the year in fast food continues.
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.