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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...
Industry News
When it comes to consumer purchases, sustainably harvested pollock from Alaska has had an upstream journey. For years the market name, “Alaska pollock,” led to a conflated market with fishes sourced from other countries also being lumped under the same name. Customers shopping for both personal and...
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When Sonic Drive-In considered installing solar panels on top of one of its San Antonio, Texas, unit, the brand had the advantage of insider know-how. Three franchisees in Tennessee, Colorado, and Oregon had already received approval and installed solar panels at their locations years before. “I...
QSR franchise shares growth tips for finding mall real estate for restaurant business.
Franchising
Malls might not be the first place a prospective franchisee looks to when considering real estate options. But for Mohammad Mansour, the mall was exactly where he wanted to be. After all, Mansour had already spent much of his working career inside a mall. At 16 years old, he worked at a Sbarro...
California startup fast casual serves chef created cafeteria style food.
Emerging Concepts
Southern California may be all about warmth and sunshine, but the success of Lemonade proves its residents still crave comfort foods. Lemonade is, according to its own website, “a modern marketplace serving a colorful bounty of seasonal California comfort food in a bright cafeteria setting.” “...
Top QSR and fast casual chains navigate new supply chain strategy to streamline business.
Back of House
For centuries, the farm-to-table operation wasn’t a culinary or social movement; it was a simple fact of every meal. People grew their own food, and that was that. In time, things changed, and the American food system became one that included several steps—and often thousands of miles—between farm...
Outside Insights
Anthropologists credit the practice of surplus farming as the foundation for civilization itself. When farmers created more food than they needed for their own subsistence, labor shifted to other nonagricultural tasks. The food markets that emerged in 10,000 B.C. brought forth a new level of "food...
Startup fast casual and QSR chains find finance help through nontraditional funders.
Finance
Eager to launch his new restaurant concept Komotodo Sushi Burrito and having already experienced one failed Kickstarter campaign, Alonzo Martinez designed a new strategy and went at it again. The second campaign, supported by a press release and Martinez’s grassroots efforts to spread the word,...
QSR brands must adapt new technology tools to improve business potential.
Every day, entrepreneurs dream up new ways to “disrupt” so-called “legacy” businesses like quick-service restaurants.
Fruit is increasingly finding its way to fast food restaurants menus.
Walking into some quick-service restaurants these days can make you feel like you’ve just wandered into the produce section at Whole Foods.
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.
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
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.