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.” “...
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,...
Industry News
For a number of American consumers, fish is the word during the six-week period between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. Brands specializing in seafood see an uptick in sales while chains ranging from the burger and sandwich to chicken and ethnic categories add a special fish or shrimp item to the...
Sandwich QSR chain CEO shares inspiration of family restaurant business.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
I’ve always wanted to work with people, serve them, and influence their lives for the better; I never thought that desire would be met in the quick-serve industry. My father and his cousin started Cousins Subs in 1972, and I became a member of the team at 15 years old. I worked as a cashier through...
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 brands fight food safety issues like Chipotle faced with ecoli scare.
When it comes to navigating crises, James Lukaszewski says there’s a simple yet effective catchphrase that should serve as a guidepost: Speed beats smart every time.
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.
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.
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.