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Chipotle: Only thing not fresh about our food are bogus ingredient claims

Are the attacks against Chipotle legit, or is the brand suffering from being too successful?

Pizza, QSR and fast casual segments enjoying big gains

While bolstered consumer confidence is good news for restaurants, rising costs are perhaps their biggest challenge in today’s business landscape.

Beacons and the Personalization of On-Premise Experience

Learn how today's "smart restaurants" are using advanced proximity technology to create personalized guest experiences. Today's most successful restaurant chains have established a practice of envisioning their customers' in-store experience from first impression to last.

Sponsored by: Rockbot

Restaurateurs speak out against NLRB ruling

The National Labor Relations Board made it easier on Thursday for restaurant workers to unionize, and many restaurateurs are already worried about what the ruling means for their businesses.

CONNECT: Why restaurants aren't deploying beacons

A recent panel at Networld Media Group's CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit discussed beacon technology's role with restaurateurs and retailers today.

Self Service POS: Do Diners Really Want It?

Ready to trade your servers for tabletop tablets? Not so fast suggests a recent study.

Sponsored by: Panasonic FS

CONNECT: How to get your app into the hands of millennials

Millennials will only keep 20 apps on a phone so the challenge is creating one that makes the cut.

Why fast casual's customer experience isn't so casual

The fast casual customer experience is about guests getting what they want. That includes customized, fresh, unique food being prepared in front of them.

How Arby's turned on energy efficiency without turning off customers

Environmental sustainability matters now more than ever, and with states like California entering their fourth year of record breaking drought conditions, no stone for conservation will go unturned.

CONNECT: Restaurants finally embracing mobile wallets, ordering?

A recent panel at Networld Media Group's CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit attempted to clarify today’s mobile payments market, which is becoming an increasingly difficult task when you consider the options available to merchants.

Why agile insights is the secret sauce of restaurant success

Rachel Schwartz of Crowdtap shares three ways that agile research tools aligned with millennials’ digital consumption habits can help QSR and fast casual brands get (and stay) ahead of the competition.

CONNECT: Does your mobile experience offer 3 crucial things?

Three components are necessary for a successful mobile experience.

3 ways to use behavioral data to upgrade customer experience

Beacon and behavioral data can revolutionize how chains do business from the big picture to the day-to-day.

Mobile POS takes restaurant concepts offsite

Tech savvy CEOs and executives consider mobile POS systems as mini Enterprise Resource Planning systems similar to systems that drive food and beverage manufacturing companies.

How one restaurant creates zero environmental waste

Pizza Marketplace.com spoke with founder Chris LaRocca about Crushed Red's eco-friendly culture and how the company achieved its zero waste goal.

Dispelling 6 myths of why small brands 'can't' go international

Many smaller food companies incorrectly assume they cannot participate in the growing importance of international markets.

Craft brews go wild: Mint, melon, Asian flavors now trending

Move over wine lovers, craft beers are now in vogue in fast casual and QSR restaurants.

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Technology innovation focus of ICX Association's October Symposium

The event, “Inflection Point: The Future Tech of Customer Experience,” aligns with the association’s mission to connect business-to-consumer brands with technology that can elevate the customer experience.

Cowboy Chicken welcomes new franchisee

The multi-unit store development agreement will expand the Cowboy Chicken brand to north Texas and south central Oklahoma, including the counties of Grayson, Hunt, Cooke, Bryan and Carter.

Sweet Lorraine’s going back to school

Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez! will soon be available to Wolverine fans thanks to its recently signed development deal with the University of Michigan.

MOOYAH enters Indiana with Noblesville opening

The Hoosier State recently got its first taste of MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes when the chain opened a unit this week in Noblesville, Indiana.

Pancheros deploys new POS

Pancheros Mexican Grill has completed the deployment of the PAR Brink POS software solution in all 65 of its locations.

Wingstop adds Korean flavor to menu

The Asian-inspired sauce features a kick of spicy and enticing sweetness flavored with honey, ginger and garlic and is accented with sriracha chile sauce and crushed red pepper

Menchie's offers movie-themed flavors

September’s flavors include PAN’s Pixie Dusted Sugar Cookie, Blackbeard’s Neverland Chocolate Chill, Hook’s Jolly Roger Raspberry Tart and Tiger Lily’s Tropical Mango Sorbet.

PizzaRev is 'RedHot' through October

PizzaRev is now crafting a Buffalo Chicken pizza featuring Frank’s RedHot Cayenne Pepper.

Kansas City's SPIN! Pizza opening corporate, franchised units

In the last six months, the fast casual pizza joint has opened seven locations in four states and has three more locations under construction.

Shake Shack hits Japan

Shake Shack will open its first Tokyo unit this winter in the Meiji-Jingu Gaien park.

Zoës increases sales during Q2, announces partnership with party planner

Zoës Kitchen has reported comparable restaurant sales grew 5.6 percent and total revenue increased by 30 percent to $54.5 million during Q2.

Newk’s shines spotlight on ovarian cancer

With one in 70 women facing ovarian cancer, Newk's Eatery is shining a spotlight on the relatively silent killer by turning up the volume on its growing "Newk's Cares" initiative.

Firewurts looking to franchise

Firewurst, a fast casual concept serving flame grilled sausages, burgers and hot dogs, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, has officially launched its franchising efforts.

South African concept opening in Houston

A new fast casual concept, Peli Peli Kitchen, which merges South African and American comfort foods, is opening in Houston.

Chipotle testing mobile ordering, delivery on college campuses

Chipotle will be available for delivery through the app at 40 college campuses nationwide this fall and at more than 100 campuses by spring 2016

Former Applebee's, YUM! exec joins Newk's as CFO

Newk’s Eatery has named Robert Nygren the brand’s new CFO.

Twitter votes inspire return of BWW sauces

Buffalo Wild Wings is bringing back several popular LTO sauces thanks to Twitter demand.

Kneaders, McAlister’s opening in Phoenix

Two well-known fast-casual brands, Kneaders Bakery & Café and McAlister’s Deli, are opening soon in the Phoenix area.

Au Bon Pain intros fall menu items

Inspired by the flavors of fall, Au Bon Pain, has created a couple new menu offerings, including the Oven-Hot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and a variety of sweet pumpkin bakery treats.

Mamoun’s Falafel launches franchise program

Mamoun’s Falafel Restaurant, founded in 1971, has partnered with Fransmart to franchise the concept.

Chipotle sued for claiming to have GMO-free menu

Chipotle Mexican Grill is facing a law suit alleging its marketing and advertising campaign regarding its menu not including genetically modified organisms is deceptive and misleading.

Is McDonald's rebranding as fast casual in UK?

McDonald's will offer a fast casual service style in UK stores by the end of October. A small trial has also begun in the U.S.

Pie Five Pizza Co.debuting 'Magic Mushroom' pizza

Pie Five Pizza Co. is celebrating "National Mushroom Month" with a limited time offer pizza available Sept. 3.

North Carolina welcomes first Potbelly

North Carolina’s first Potbelly is now open in Greensboro.

Harvest season inspires new flavors at la Madeleine

As the harvest season approaches, la Madeleine Country French Café is celebrating with new pasta dishes and seasonal bakery items.

Economy on a healthy road as August comes to a close; good news for restaurants

Consumers were spending on big items, thanks to increases in wages and salaries. The healthy economic trend is predicted to continue.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit launches on military installation base

The first Dickey's Barbecue Pit to open on a military installation began service this week in Fort Leonard Wood.

Villa Enterprises opening 2 new restaurant concepts in NY

Tony + Benny’s Brooklyn Style Pizza and a new South Philly Cheesesteaks & Fries prototype will open Aug. 27 in New York.

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint to open 5 GA stores

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint will open the first of five new stores in central and south Georgia.

The Halal Guys’ first franchise opens in Chicago

The Halal Guys opened its first franchised location in Chicago

Burger 21 scouting Houston franchising opps

Burger 21 is targeting Houston for future restaurant sites and prospective franchisees.

Revenues up 30 percent at Zoës

Zoës Kitchen reported total revenue for Q2 increased 30 percent to $54.5 million and comparable restaurant sales increased 5.6 percent

NRA: NLRB’s ruling upends 'joint-employer standard'

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ruling in the Browning-Ferris Industries case has broad implications across several industries, including restaurants, according to the NRA.

Tully's Coffee launches iPad POS

Tully's Coffee has a new iPad POS.

'McWhopper' not to be, Wayback Burgers issues offer

Burger King’s marketing effort to create a 'McWhopper' aimed at generating awareness for Peace Day has been declined by McDonald's. Wayback Burgers, however, wants to partner with Burger King to raise money for UNICEF.

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