Mobile technology helped brands reduce friction and connect with customers in 2014.
Customers and investors prefer innovation and quality over short wait times.
Overall 2014 holiday hiring levels are expected to exceed last year’s. Snagajob surveyed over 1,009 U.S. employers to learn more about their holiday hiring process. Discover their hiring strategies including how much they are willing to pay employees per hour and tools being used to help find the right people.
Cause marketing went to the next level in 2014, beyond raising awareness and funds for a cause to deep partnerships between restaurants and non-profits.
Even though going green may cost more than conventional items, consumers are willing to pay more for the opportunity; for them it is not an indulgence but a necessity.
Smashburger is quickly gaining a reputation as America’s hottest new restaurant concept, both for its premium, handmade burgers and also for its extremely loyal customer following (known as “SmashFans”).
Write down where you want to be in one year, three years or five years as a way to better understand where you are headed and how you are going to get there.
The upswing in the economy means competition for talent will heat up in 2015. That means employers need to up their game when it comes to attracting and retaining the best team members.
The focus on healthy menu attributes, such as grass-fed beef, antibiotic and hormone-free products, etc., seemed to be more prevalent than similar products in the United States.
A simplified website, local SEO optimization, Pandora ads and special events for bloggers helped lift sales and drive traffic to Tijuana Flats stores.
A projected 1.4 million pounds of small lot coffee will be roasted in the first year at the new Roastery, doubling current production rates.
Jason's Deli racks up around $2.5M in AUVs. It's achieving that success by sticking with its core strengths, listening to customers, maintaining control and building strong company culture.
Dickey's will be the latest brand featured in TNT's cooking competition show "On the Menu." The winning dish will debut as an LTO the day after the episode airs.
After years on the rise, gluten-free cuisine has fallen out of the top 10 list of the National Restaurant Association's annual survey.
Refer to the failures of your company's ancestors because there is a lot to learn there.
Mall-based restaurants can see a significant spike in sales around the holiday season, bolstered by high traffic volumes and consumers' desire for indulgence.
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Keep an eye out for a team member who takes new peers under their wing; you just might have had an excellent trainer under your nose.
Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport now offers Banh Shop and Genghis Grill.
The Area Development Agreement with Juice 55 LLC includes three franchise locations in the Portland area, with the first scheduled to open in Hillsboro in early 2015.
Mariott is inviting entrepreneurs, chefs, bartenders and artisans to visit canvas-startup.com and pitch a food or drink concept for a select group of Marriott hotels.
The name change is the first step in a three-step process that will include revamping the décor in four existing Houston-area units and developing new markets.
Cowboy Chicken's new Razzleberry Tea is available at all Cowboy Chicken locations for a limited time and is freshly brewed from tea leaves infused with raspberries and blackberries.
BURGERFI will make a dollar-for-dollar matching donation to the American Red Cross for every gift card purchased through Dec. 31.
Twenty-one states are positioned to raise their minimum wages on Jan. 1. According to a news release from the Employment Policies Institute, other cities and states are expected to follow in 2015.
The following states, their current minimum wage and Jan.
According to new research from YouGov, Jimmy John’s, Chipotle, Chick-Fil-A and Whataburger, have the highest current millennial customer loyalty among all major limited-service brands from throughout the past six months. According to a news release, the research looked at purchase...
bogopogo has launched its FRAMPLE (Free + Sample) plan, providing free mobile coupon access to all restaurants across the US and allowing them to promote their best restaurant deal. "This changes everything. Now every restaurant in America can communicate their...
Pie Five Pizza will open its newest restaurant in Sterling, Virginia, on Friday. This will be the brand's second location in the Virginia/Washington, DC, market.
Its first opened in Richmond, Virginia, in May.
The Sterling restaurant is located in the Sugarland Plaza Shopping Center.
Weeds will start popping up on menus in 2015, says one analyst.
Baltimore-based OrderUp has hired former AOL SVP of Corporate Development Michael Smith as its new VP of Corporate and Business Development. The move will support OrderUp's growth. According to a news release, OrderUp's order and delivery volume has recently increased...
Fitch Ratings released its 2015 Outlook for the US Restaurant industry, predicting an improvement in sales trends, the easing of commodities pressures and growing cash flow. However, the potential for event risk will remain in the New Year, according to...
The Chengdu Taikoo Li store features Sichuan-inspired tiles, silk artwork by local craftsmen, and a warm wood tone interior similar to the materials used in the recent refurbishment of the nearby historic Daci Temple.
The new franchisee has signed on to develop 5 units in the Houston area, representing half of the total available market, leaving more stores available for purchase in the territory.
Great Wraps currently has 80 locations in 18 states. The new deal will add Oklahoma to the mix for the first time.
Pizza Studio is opening its 26th store today, located in Compton, California's Gateway Towne Center. Compton city officials will be on hand for an official ribbon cutting ceremony. The opening marks the third Pizza Studio for franchisee Neal Perlmutter, who...
The new Cloud Connect integration will enable Paytronix to integrate, maintain and deploy its solution across NCR’s install base of more than 100,000 restaurant locations.
Indiana-based Feast BBQ is jumping the Ohio River to open a second location in Louisville, Kentucky.
In 2004, one-third of survey respondents reported they ate several small meals throughout the day, while 10 years later, 39 percent of respondents indicate they do the same.
The company had said it planned to grow its East Coast presence from the Cleveland market; now its focus will shift to better-performing markets.
Among its successes: 91 percent of Panera's pork supply is antibiotic-free, 80 percent of is beef is grass-fed and 100 percent of its chicken is antibiotic-free.
The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based chain opened 11 new restaurants in 2014.
New research from Technomic's Financial Dashboard finds that the fast casual restaurant segment outperformed all others with nearly 8 percent growth in same-store sales during Q3 2014.
According to new research from The NPD Group, families with kids have made 1 billion fewer visits to US restaurants in the past six years. This consumer base represents 32 percent of US households and $83.7 billion of total restaurant...
Pie Five Pizza Co. has opened its newest Wichita, Kansas, restaurant on Rock Road, across from Bradley Fair.
Snagajob has released its free app for iOS and Android, designed to make the job posting/hiring process easier by using a smartphone’s or tablet’s video, photo and GPS technology. Employers can currently post jobs for free via the app’s free...
Pie Five Pizza Co. has awarded up to 55 franchise units to John "J.D." Draper and John Draper II.
Last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Jersey Mike’s Founder and CEO Peter Cancro honored veterans at a special ceremony on Ellis Island. The tribute was part of the nonprofit Wreaths Across America’s annual pilgrimage from Harrington, Maine, to...
FutureCast's ShareLikeBuy millennial marketing conference is set for Feb. 4 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
California-based Healthy Dining has added two information technology professionals to help the company's growth. Steve Palmer and Alex Kang will further the development of Healthy Dining’s new software and digital platforms. Additionally, the team will develop new software applications designed...
Blaze Pizza will continue its aggressive expansion throughout the country with a new unit in Sarasota, Florida, expected to open in January. The Kentucky-based Millennial Restaurant Group, which is franchising the concept in four states, today announced the groundbreaking of...
Chi Development Company will develop five new restaurants in central and northwest Arkansas.
Capriotti's opened a new restaurant at 3347 M Street in Georgetown, its third in the DC area.
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Company claims to be the first online ordering system to offer the new payment technology.