Panera Bread set to open café with drive-thru in Ohio

Panera Bread will open its latest bakery café on Dec. 16 at 4031 Cascades Boulevard in Brimfield, Ohio. The new location will feature a drive-thru.


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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In 5 years, your whole day could revolve around Starbucks

Just when you thought the coffee behemoth can't possibly get any bigger, it announces a five-year plan to grow even more through non-traditional venues,expanded dayparts, mobile ordering and delivery.

Boston Market catering, takeout up 20 percent over last year

Heat & Serve options have surged 20 percent over last year, and catering is up 18 percent.

Fresh To Order adding delivery at new South Carolina unit

Fresh To Order's first unit in South Carolina will focus on delivery, grab 'n go and catering.

Boston Market gears up for holidays

Boston Market served more than 41,000 whole turkeys, nearly 3 million pounds of mashed potatoes and more than 13 million pieces of cornbread in November and December last year.

Newk’s Eatery launches online ordering

Guests can now place their orders online, then pick up at Newk's Grab N'Go entrances.

Forget Apple: Starbucks wants to rule mobile payments

United States consumers made $1.3 billion in mobile payments in 2013 and the coffee retailer accounted for over 90 percent of those purchases.

Pinkberry adds Pick-Up Packs

Pinkberry will now offer Pick-Up Packs for orders of six to 24 yogurts. The Pick-Up Pack is a cooler-like, insolated carrier.

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...

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...

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