Tropical Smoothie Café launching summer LTOs

Tropical Smoothie Café is launching two LTOs available April 27-June 28.

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It's something personal: tips for building loyal locals and establishing community roots

Technology and social media outlets provide opportunities to personalize messages, but showing the locals you care about their community is proving to be an effective way to target customers and build loyalty.

Your Pie looking for national growth in the midst of fast casual pizza boom

With 22 units open, Your Pie is hoping to break out of the Southeast and go nationwide.

Waste not, want not, profit more

In our business, every morsel has been bought and paid for, and its value lies in its resale, not its position at the bottom of a trash can.

Are grocery and c-stores a threat or opportunity for fast casual restaurants?

While new offerings may put some grocery stores and c-stores in direct competition with fast casual brands, new partnerships also present new opportunities for fast casual brands to reach new audiences and new markets.

Potatopia is pushing potatoes to the center of the plate

With a goal of more than doubling Potatopia's unit count in 2015, Alan Dikker has his sights set on elevating the lowly spud.

Fazoli's hits refresh with menu overhaul and elevated service

With guest frequency below where he wants it to be, Fazoli's CEO Carl Howard asked his customers what it would take to get them in the door more often. The result is a revamped menu and service that looks more like casual dining than fast casual.

6 must-do strategies attracting millennial diners

Want a piece of millennials $1.7 trillion in spending power? Here are six ways you can grab it.

Make every year count

At the start of 2014, I was heavily anticipating the final FDA menu labeling regulations and its subsequent impact on the restaurant industry. While it took longer than expected for the FDA to make its ruling, I am thrilled that...

Bigger isn't always better: the case for limited menus

Limited menus for QSRs and fast casual restaurants have financial and operational benefits.

Three takeaways from Starbucks' Q1 2015 report

Starbucks' consistent success comes down to three things: a strong loyalty program, excellent operational execution and product innovation.

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Pizza Studio celebrating DC opening with free pizza

Co-founders Samit Varma and Ron Biskin celebrate the area's first location by giving away free pizza to customers from 11-2 pm and 5-8 pm on April 23.

NRA releases Foodamental workshop schedule for May conference

The interactive educational workshops are designed to provide guests the opportunity to see hands-on demonstrations from top chefs and industry leaders.

Pret A Manger 'bowling' for healthy options

Pret A Manger has added healthy bowls to the menu.

McAlister's embraces spring with new salads

McAlister’s celebrates spring with LTO.

PETA announces top 5 vegan food trucks

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced its list of the Top Five Vegan Food Trucks.

Juice It Up! celebrates 20 years, 50 percent sales increase

Juice It Up!, a raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie franchise, announced the company achieved "solid same-store sales" and an average unit volume growth of three percent in Q1 2015, compared to the first quarter of 2014.

NRA partners with Craft Beer Expo for upcoming shows

National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the Craft Beverage Expo announced a partnership uniting Influencers from both organizations.

California Pizza Kitchen CEO talks droughts, wages, 'next chapter'

California Pizza Kitchen's CEO talks with Fox News Business news.

KFC China to rival Starbucks with premium coffee rollout

KFC expects to offer premium coffee in 2,500 of its 4,500 stores in China by the end of the year.

Your Pie celebrates 7 years, launches Maple Bacon Gelato

Your Pie announced the latest of the brand's seasonal Craft Pie Series, the new Maple Bacon Gelato.

Native Foods Cafe celebrates spring with new vegan menu items

Spring dishes are offered alongside the daily menu of 100 percent plant-based dishes.

Fazoli's receives fundraising award, rolls out create-your-own-pizza

Fazoli's received the COEX Innovation Award for Marketing/Service for its ongoing fundraising efforts and food donations to Feed the Children. Fazoli’s also introduced its next generation products and service style at its 15 Lexington, KY locations.

The Melt partners with Whole Foods nonprofit to fund school gardens, food education

San Francisco-based The Melt, a chain of 100 percent all-natural, fast casual eateries, announced Whole Kids Foundation is the company's new 'Round-Up' partner.

Noodles & Company unveils low-carb pasta bowls

Noodles & Company unveiled its newest menu items for spring: BUFF Bowls.

Pieology expands footprint in Kentucky, Alabama, Michigan

The Louisville location will seat approximately 100 guests.

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