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...
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
My annual tradition of regaling you with the biggest brand stories of the year in fast food continues. The news items from 2015 run quite the gamut, from an eye-popping IPO to a highly anticipated leadership change to some misguided advertising choices and more. Shake Shack went public and...
Outside Insights
When a quick-service restaurant is successful, the next step is usually to open up franchising opportunities to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners—a critical part in the growth of the business. When you go to well-known quick serve, more than likely you are eating at an establishment that...
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Industry News
In recent years restaurant operators have adapted their social media strategy as the benefits of platforms like Twitter and Facebook become more apparent. While some brands may have initially balked at social media as a viable way to engage consumers, many chains now dedicate considerable resources...
Top fast casual chains offer lessons to startup premium restaurant brands like Num Pang.
Special Report
I don’t make it to the movies much anymore. Like a lot of people, my wife and I find the price hard to justify; $25 for a night of entertainment where our only dining decision is which flavored spice to rain over burnt popcorn is far too steep in the age of Netflix, Hulu, and Redbox. But I’ve got a...
QSR chains explore new real estate site selection strategies to maximize business exposure.
Design
In recent years, many limited-service brands have re-evaluated their ideas regarding new restaurant locations. Dropping cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all buildings into any available space is no longer a sustainable expansion strategy in today’s economy. Arby’s is one brand that has reconsidered its...
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
Top QSR stories in 2015 include Chipotle e coli scare and supply chain challenges.
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
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.
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.
Chicago fast casual chain offers healthy versions of fast food classics.
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Chances are that when you hear the term “big data,” you think of Ph.D. candidates slaving over massive banks of computers—not restaurants.