McAlister's Deli relocates, adds call ahead window

McAlister's Deli announced today one of its San Antonio restaurants has been relocated to 5880 DeZavala Road and has added a call-ahead window for order pickup. The new restaurant is a freestanding building in the same shopping center as the...

FEATURES


The leadership of Ray Kroc to drive catering sales

I have been reading a lot about Ray Kroc these days. As I dig deeper into his story, I become more fascinated with his meticulous attention to detail.

Street food: Urban foraging

“Lilly, get over here – she just got that blue box from the garage, where are you?” Teddy yelled – she was always a bit bossy toward Lilly. And it wasn’t as if she had far to look as they lived together in a 24” x 30” space with a corner tarp for tunneling.

What’s the Five Guys mystique?

A year ago, Market Force conducted a survey and asked consumers to tell us their favorite fast casual restaurant, and why they nominated them. And we did it again in June of this year.

Frozen = Fresh?

I don’t consider myself a complainer of any sort. When you’re in the business, you should have sympathy for the operational challenges faced by all restaurants.

Schlotzsky's changes service model

In an effort to enhance the brand experience, the sandwich chain is beefing up service and operational procedures.

New payment options increase efficiency

How pay-at-the table, mobile tablet solutions are changing the check-out line.

Hamburgers: Not just for drive-thrus anymore

The fast-casual burger concept hasn't exactly taken off like the bakery café segment, but the American tradition may be set to grow.

2006 restaurant show wraps up

The 2006 National Restaurant Hotel & Motel Show offered big-time speakers and trendsetting technologies. Even if you attended, you probably didn't see everything.   

Selecting a restaurant consultant

The right consultant can improve your restaurant, but the wrong one can cost you money.   

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NEWS


Amazon rolling out takeout service

Amazon is rolling out a food takeout service to directly compete with the likes of GrubHub, Seamless and DeliveryHero. TechCrunch reports: The offering is initially going to be part of Amazon Local, the company’s Groupon-style service and app that offers people daily deals, coupons and discounts from merchants in their neighborhood.

District of Columbia bans polystyrene food, beverage containers

The Washington Post reports that Washington, D.C. lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban the use of plastic-foam food and drink containers by 2016.

DOPO set to open in Salt Lake City

DOPO, an Italian fast casual concept restaurant, will open at The Gateway in Salt Lake City this August. A company press release described DOPO, which means "next" in Italian, as an upscale, live music-oriented restaurant. "The 'Italian Diaspora' was the...

LivingSocial adds online option for takeout and delivery

LivingSocial has announced the national launch of Takeout & Delivery, a virtual "restaurant row" to help diners across the country order food for pickup or delivery from local restaurants. Takeout & Delivery provides the company's quick-service and fast casual restaurant...

NRA predicts 100 million diners for New Year's weekend

The National Restaurant Association estimates that 100 million Americans will celebrate the New Year by going out to a restaurant or bar, or by ordering restaurant takeout or delivery. The NRA's new research also shows that half of American adults...

Technomic: Takeout adds revenue without compromising dine-in traffic

Nearly 60 percent of consumers recently surveyed by Technomic said they purchase takeout once a week or more. These takeout sales don't seem to be cannibalizing dine-in traffic, but rather adding revenue for restaurants.

LivingSocial tests instant ordering and delivery features for restaurants

LivingSocial has launched a test of new food ordering and delivery features as part of its LivingSocial Instant service. Starting today, LivingSocial members in Washington, D.C., will be able to order food for pickup or delivery from a range of...

Snapfinger develops mobile app for virtual drive-thru experience

Snapfinger, a remote web and mobile ordering and pre-payment services company, announced the creation of the Extended Drive-Thru (EDT) remote ordering application. This patent-pending application features a mobile pre-order function that will essentially extend a restaurant's drive-thru by allowing customers...

MobileBytes launches White Label program for restaurants

Phoenix-based technology firm, MobileBytes LLC is trying to make it easier and more affordable for restaurants to reach their customer base with the launch of its White Label program. The technology offers restaurants a branded, customized app with extensive marketing...

Eat24Hours.com launches mobile platform

Eat24Hours.com, a website that features food delivery options in more than 400 cities, has launched a mobile platform that makes it easier for customers to order delivery or takeout from their smartphones. Since launching two years ago, Eat24Hours.com has expanded...

Big-name food trucks hitting the road

What began as a modest neighborhood hot dog slinger has snowballed into a full-fledged craze glorified on The Food Network and emulated by big-name chains including Sizzler and Subway. Food trucks are hitting the road in droves and, according to...

OrderCatcher unveils voice-recognition solution

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — OrderCatcher, a provider of voice recognition software, has unveiled a voice recognition application for the automation of order-taking and delivery management.

Froots deploys DineBlast Mobile technology solution

MARGATE, Fla. — SoftTouch LLC has announced that it has incorporated significant enhancements to its DineBlast Mobile solution, which allows take-out, curb-side, quick-service restaurant and table service patrons to use their mobile phones and PDAs to electronically place an order and pay for their meal while at the restaurant.

Boudin SF launches curbside delivery

SAN FRANCISCO — Boudin SF has launched curbside delivery for guests at all of its California and Illinois locations.   Guests call in advance and listen to the phone menu to select the appropriate prompt for curbside ordering.

Town looks to restrict Starbucks drive-thru

The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.): A member of the Madison Plan Commission wants to ban the restaurant drive-thru — or at least restrict it in the town. The issue came up during recent discussions over a conditional use permit for a new Starbucks coffee shop along a congested frontage road across from East Towne Mall.

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