5 pros and cons of scaling your restaurant business

Before you sign on the dotted line for a new location, consider these pros and cons of scaling your restaurant business.

Video: Why, how data drives Dickey's BBQ

Dickey's BBQ CEO Roland Dickey Jr., discusses his three-prong approach to the guest experience and the chain's use of technology.

The Experience Matters: In-Store Entertainment That Best Engages Your Customers

We partnered with Technomic to figure out how your customers want to be entertained in-store. Stop guessing and start entertaining your guests the right way!

Sponsored by: Rockbot

Fast Casual's top execs revealed

This year's Top 25 list turned into the Top 26 after judges couldn't bring themselves to make a final cut.

Inescapable ingredients (Part 1): How the spud is innovating on traditional menu favorites

Part 1 of a multi-part series explores how and why potatoes are no longer known as only a base for French fries.

LIVE WEBINAR - Location-based marketing: A guide to strategy, deployment and successful return on investment

Date: Dec 3, 2015 | Time: 2:00 PM EST | xAd will share new insights into consumers’ demands and expectations across path to purchase, and strategies for how marketers can use location insights to address the change in consumer behavior and influence a person at the moments of greatest intent and receptiveness.

Sponsored by: xAd

Video: McAlister's CEO on getting franchisee buy-in with new initiatives

Carin Stutz, president of McAlister’s Deli, and Ricardo Belmar, of Hughes, discuss business strategy at the 2015 Fast Casual Executive Summit.

Infographic: Economic considerations of eliminating tips

Amid concerns over whether compensation for back-of-the-house and front-of-the-house employees is fair and how the push for raising minimum wage will impact cost-cutting measures, the tip reform movement is stirring up controversy.

3 ways restaurants can optimize labor efficiencies and cut costs

Between higher wages and new labor regulations, restaurants are facing a labor crisis — and their existing, outdated processes are doing anything but helping the problem.

Photo gallery: Fast Casual Executive Summit takes over Miami

If you missed this year's Fast Casual Executive Summit, check out all the action in our photo gallery. And, there's always next year!

Will mobile cause tablet ordering to go the way of the dinosaur?

With the recent introduction of a re-ordering capability on mobile payment platforms, tableside tablets may soon become the Tyrannosaurus Rex of the hospitality industry.

Muscle Maker Grill founder is 'serious as a heart attack' about winning US presidency

Muscle Maker Grill’s founder, Rod Silva, has entered into the 2016 U.S. presidential race, hoping that his passion to help Americans become healthy will resonate with voters.

4 for 15: 4 speakers, 15 minutes each, limitless knowledge

Three fast casual restaurant operators and other experts share their insights about the industry and how they've found success and value in it.

Navigating the crossover: Fast casualization of the restaurant industry

Switching into fast casual dining requires more than getting food to the table quicker. It demands new strategies from menu decisions to customer experience elements.

Tips, advice on preparing the brand for unit expansion

Brand unit and location growth requires capital and resources, but there are some other critical aspects as well, according to several successful franchise and restaurant leaders.

Innovation adds flavor to juice, smoothie segment

Industry research leader IBISWorld’s Juice & Smoothie Bars market research report pegs its size at over $2 billion.

Building the brand culture: It’s all about empowering employees

Establishing a 'cult' philosophy in building a robust brand culture isn't a bad thing. In fact, it's one of several valuable and viable approaches.

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Cosi shares fall below $1, faces Nasdaq delisting

If Cosi cannot get shares up over $1 by May 16, it faces delisting.

Cheeseburger Bobby’s brings back Philly Burger

The Philly Burger is available now through Jan. 15.

Cowboy Chicken opens first unit outside of Texas

Cowboy Chicken has opened its first location outside its home state of Texas.

Costa Vida goes mobile

Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill has launched its first mobile application allowing guests to earn rewards through the app and online ordering.

CHēBA Hut execs 'stoked' about new mobile ordering, delivery app

CHēBA Hut has launched mobile and online ordering for customers via Olo.

PizzaRev offers Black Friday shoppers special offers

PizzaRev announced it is hosting its largest system-wide deal of the year this Black Fridayby serving $5 pizzas at its 28 locations across California, Colorado, Texas, Utah, South Dakota and Minnesota.

Live webinar to teach operators how to master location-based marketing

As consumer usage continues to shift to mobile, location-based advertising is becoming one of the fastest growing strategies for restaurants when it comes to digital advertising.

Thanksgiving sales at Boston Market up 100%

Boston Market has achieved a nearly 100 percent increase in Thanksgiving sales over the past five years.

Korean fast casual expanding Cali footprint

Bibigo, an international fast casual restaurant offering a modern and healthy twist on traditional Korean cuisine, will celebrate the opening of its new Glendale Galleria in L.A. next week.

Digital signage solution integrates with mobile ordering app

Digital signage provider embed signage has launched its solution integration with mobile ordering application Flypay, the company announced.

Chipotle responds to new cases of E. coli

The recent E. coli outbreak that caused several Chipotle customers in the Pacific Northwest to become ill has now spread, infecting consumers in six states.

Chicken Salad Chick gaining ground in Gainesville

Chicken Salad Chick is opening its first Gainesville, Florida, location on Dec. 8 at 3045 S.W. 34th St. Suite 16.

Husband-wife team launching bagel concept in Florida

Melbourne, Florida residents will soon have a Bagel 13 when the first of four Central Florida locations opens there next year.

New dining app to launch in DC

A Washington, D.C., startup company will soon launch a mobile dining app designed to give customers and restaurants more control, choice and convenience.

Report: Sustainability top trend in foodservice packaging

The Foodservice Packaging Institute's 2015 Trends Report reveals foodservice operators are looking for environmentally friendly packaging and customization techniques to differentiate products.

Noodles & Co gears up for holidays with catering, gift card promo

Noodles & Company has launched Noodle Catering just in time for the holidays.

Newk's headed to Alabama coast

Newk’s Eatery, based in Jackson Mississippi, is opening three restaurants for on-the-go diners on the Alabama coast.

Food, beverage, grocery lead charge in fostering inclusive workplaces

When it comes to inclusive benefits and protections supporting workplace equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workforce, the food, beverage and grocery sectors are leading the charge.

Q3 sales up at Jack in the Box, Qdoba

Total revenue increased to $23.8 from $17.4 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.

Mystery solved: How to keep grilled cheeses fresh, crisp for delivery

Eco-Products and The Melt have created a box to keep grilled cheese sandwiches hot and crispy until delivered.

Dickey's sets franchise sights on Virginia

Dickey's Barbecue Pit is slated to open four new stores in Virginia over the next year.

7 chefs to earn honors for incorporating produce into recipes

United Fresh has opened the nomination period for the 2016 Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Program that honors the foodservice industry’s most innovative produce performers.

Demand for cups, lids to increase more than 5% per year through 2019

Worldwide demand for cups and lids will increase more than 5 percent per year through 2019.

LivingSocial expands restaurant program to DC

LivingSocial has expanded its Restaurants Plus program to Washington D.C. The program, according to a company press release, introduces consumers to a variety of dining destinations and allows them to earn up to 25 percent cashback off their meals when they swipe with their registered cards.

MOD Pizza celebrates 7th birthday with 'Spreading MODness' 2015

MOD Pizza is celebrating its seventh birthday and the Thanksgiving holiday with its "Spreading MODness" 2015 campaign.

Report: Corporate restaurant spending increasing

Dinova reported that corporate spending in restaurants increased 9.7 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2015.

Uncle Maddio's Pizza expands plans for Orlando

Uncle Maddio's Pizza announced it has signed an agreement to open an additional restaurant in Orlando.

Grimaldi's Pizzeria to open first Tennessee location

Grimaldi's Pizzeria announced it will open its first restaurant in Tennessee.

Rubio’s reveals East Coast expansion plans

Rubio's is buying eight Lime Fresh Mexican Grills locations from its parent company Ruby Tuesday.

MOOYAH takes New York

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes has opened its first location in New York.

Snappy Salads continues growth into Fort Worth

Dallas-based Snappy Salads is set to open its ninth location at 6115 Camp Bowie Boulevard in Fort Worth.

Toast report reveals which technologies restaurant operators are seeking

A Toast Inc. report found that technologies helping restaurant operators with hiring and training staff, Inventory management and online ordering are in demand.

PizzaRevs signs agreement to open stores in Arizona

PizzaRev announced that it has signed a multi-unit development agreement with Fire Em Up LLC to develop the brand across Arizona.

Pie Five Pizza to add up to 20 more Florida locations

Pie Five Pizza announced another Florida development deal with up to 20 new locations in the Tampa market.

Billy Sims BBQ opening in Enid, Oklahoma

A grand opening celebration, with an appearance by Founder Bill Sims, a former football player for the Detroit Lions and Heisman Trophy winner, is planned for Dec. 6.

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