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...
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...
Industry News
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.” “...
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
Nonalcoholic cocktails could offer great beverage innovation for quick serves.
While attending the Research Chefs Association’s annual conference in San Antonio this past March, I wandered into the Esquire Tavern, a historic downtown institution with a cocktail menu capable of tempting even the most ardent teetotaler.Like hundreds of other hip restaurants and watering ho
As with Chipotle, fresh does not always equate with safe in restaurants.
It’s been a busy few months for Sloan’s Ice Cream.
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
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.