How location-based marketing helped Cousins Subs increase sales

The chain increased app downloads by 42 percent, increased mobile ordering traffic by 63 percent, and increased limited-time-only sales online and in-store for all locations by 19 percent compared to 2014.

Are you following the 12 dos and don'ts of restaurant financing?

Although there is no secret recipe for raising funds to open a business, there are some practices that should always be followed and even more to avoid.

The Evolution of Fast Casual

Fast casual restaurants, with their upscale ambiance and promises of higher quality food, continue to be the driver of restaurant industry growth, but as more brands enter the segment, industry stars will have to modify their model to continue that impressive growth.

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Restaurant design: How to be 'on trend, not trendy'

Being on trend with décor is great until the trend is over and an operator is left with a restaurant that shows its age. The best way to keep that from occurring is to focus the design around the message the chain is trying to convey.

7 ways to grow your brand via nontraditional spaces

Considering ways to expand that are off the beaten path can prove to be a positive move that lands a new audience and teaches you how to overcome unique challenges and build a more successful future.

Performance Marketing 101: For Small Business Owners

PERFORMANCE MARKETING focuses on getting customers to take direct immediate action in response to your marketing.

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Franchise focus: Can Captain D's hook fast casual market share?

While many may still consider the seafood restaurant a quick service restaurant, CEO Phil Greifeld said that in 2011 the chain began transitioning from a QSR to a “fresh, contemporary, affordable seafood restaurant.”

3 ways to use technology to identify food waste

Waste is especially prevalent in restaurants, where diners leave about 17 percent of their food uneaten.

Why Chipotle is wrong about loyalty

Mobile technology is changing the way guests engage with restaurants and is on its way to becoming an indispensable source of competitive advantage for brands.

Franchising and growth: Zagat readers reveal favorite 'up-and-coming' fast casual concepts

Zagat readers revead favorite new fast casual brands in what Zagat calls the "post-Shack era."

10 questions to ask before leasing commercial space

Are you planning to lease commercial space? Here are 10 questions you need to ask about the landlord and building.

YUM! struggling to create fast casual winner

Taco Bell’s fast casual concept, U.S. Taco Company, is closing just 14 months after it opened in Huntington Beach.

Why sustainable packaging is a 'must have' for restaurant success

Two food trends are proof that restaurants must embrace sustainability in packaging.

How to create gift cards, promos, badges inside your restaurant

Instead of paying a third-party company to create your restaurant’s gift cards, why not save money and have complete control by investing in an in-house card printer

6 ways to build a catering sales culture inside your restaurant

A strong sales culture in any company creates an environment where everyone’s in sales. I have always maintained that in any successful business there is "sales" and "sales support." Developing a catering sales culture within a restaurant brand is crucial...

Restaurants working toward ending child hunger

One in five children in America lives in a household without adequate access to food, according to the USDA, and this September several restaurants are supporting the No Kid Hungry national campaign to help end childhood hunger.

How to build a multi-sensory experience in your restaurant

It takes a lot of work for restaurant and retail brands to deliver a remarkable experience. It can be done, however, by making sure the environment touches each of the five senses.

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Pie Five opens first Jackson location

Pie Five is donating 50 percent of proceeds earned during pre-opening events of its first Jackson, Mississippi, location to the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Kono Pizza announces first Walmart location, signs 10-unit Texas deal

Kono Pizza plans to open new units in malls and department stores before the Black Friday rush.

Your Pie opening first Chicago store

Your Pie has entered the Chicago market, opening its first area store today.

The Pie Hole goes international

Los Angeles-based The Pie Hole has closed a master franchise deal for all of Japan.

CREAM featuring pumpkin, rum raisin ice cream

Pumpkin is on the menu at CREAM, a San Francisco dessert franchise specializing in high-quality ice cream sandwiches and other confections.

Noodles & Co launches customized kids menu, goal of providing kids with 1M meals

Kids are top of mind at Noodles & Company this week as the chain launches a customized kids menu and a charitable platform for kids to help other kids.

Fast Casual Exec Summit to take Miami

Many of the industry’s most successful CEOs will attend to share the secrets of their successes.

Starbucks to switch to cage-free eggs by 2020

Starbucks will switch to 100-percent cage-free eggs by 2020

Juice It Up! sales up 7 percent

The company saw an uptick in average unit volume and the number of stores opened on average was up 5 percent over last year

1-year-old Giardino unit hits $1M

Giardino Gourmet Salad’s Miami Lakes location has hit $1 million in gross sales since it opened a year ago.

Billy Sims BBQ opening in Dodge City

Billy Sims BBQ is opening its first Dodge City, Kansas, restaurant Friday.

SpeedLine introduces secure EMV, NFC payment options

SpeedLine Solutions' new EMV options safeguard restaurants from the transfer of liability for chip card-present credit card fraud.

Wingstop opens 800th unit

Wingstop celebrated the launch of its 800th restaurant this month with a new location in Newark, New Jersey.

Tortas Frontera wins MUFSO Hot Concept award

Tortas Frontera, Chef Rick Bayless’s fast-casual concept, was honored this week with the 2015 Hot Concept Award at the Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators.

Kneaders to open 4 Denver-area units

Cities include Aurora, Highlands Ranchm Castle Rock, and Englewood, Colorado.

Rise Biscuits & Donuts opens first franchise

Rise Biscuits & Donuts, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, opened its first franchised location in Morrisville, North Carolina.

Restaurants receive Franchising Gives Back Awards

Several restaurant chains received Franchising Gives Back Awards

Teriyaki Madness launches Teriyaki bar, catering

Teriyaki Madness has launched nationwide catering services.

Pie Five to open 30 NC locations

Pie Five has signed a multi-year agreement in the Southeast.

Chia seeds now available at Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is offering a new smoothie blend with nutrient-packed ingredients.

Zoe’s Kitchen names former retail exec as CFO

Zoe’s Kitchen has named Sunil M. Doshi as its CFO.

Wayback Burgers going public

Wayback Burgers is going public and has tapped the Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs to manage and lead its projected 2016 initial public offering.

Coffee flowing 'freely' on National Coffee Day

Several chains are celebrating National Coffee Day today by giving customers freebies.

The Catering Institute to hold October workshop

The Catering Institute's Catering Sales Management Workshop will bring together restaurant catering leaders.

QR-scanning app helps restaurant owners find employees

ZippyApp enables job seekers to complete one common job application online and submit it in on a smartphone, tablet or computer to apply to any restaurant in ZippyApp’s employer network.

Pork returns to most Chipotle locations

Chipotle Mexican Grill has restored most of its pork supply and is serving carnitas in 90 percent of its restaurants.

New report: What's trending on burgers

More than 1,000 consumers were asked for their thoughts on a range of burger options, flavors, trends and ingredients for a new report.

PAR launches POS terminal for restaurant, retail deployments

The eighth-generation platform uses Intel processor technology to maximize performance and enhance guest experience.

Fuddruckers expanding home, away

Fuddruckers is opening its first Indiana location this week and has also unveiled its third location in Italy.

Chronic Tacos debuting in Arizona

Chronic Tacos, a California inspired Mexican grill, is expanding its western presence with the opening of its first Arizona restaurant.

Woody’s Bar-B-Q names VP of Ops

Woody’s Bar-B-Q has named David Allgood as VP of operations to help the chain expand.

Pie Five to open 3 new locations

Pie Five Pizza will open stores in the Kansas City, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas this weekend.

Brothers double Dickey’s Barbecue Pit presence in The Buckeye State

Brothers Kevin and Randy Daniel recently added eight stores to an existing five-store agreement signed earlier with their team of investors.

Johnny Rockets to debut fast casual concept

Although Johnny Rockets has dabbled in the fast casual space with counter-service prototypes of the brand, it’s now launching a separate fast casual concept called Johnny's Burger Factory.

Report: Fast casuals seeking huge slice of $41B pizza market

Combined with increased fast casual restaurant competition, many pizza restaurants are improving their menu offerings.

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