On the Menu: Chasing the chill with spicy new options

With most of the country in a deep freeze for the last two weeks – and little relief in sight – spicy foods are a welcome sight on menus. A couple brands are bringing the heat this week with new menu items.

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Which Wich bag art chronicles passions, life of Atlanta-area artist

Shawn Elledge loves bacon, his wife and his newborn son, and he lets it show on his Which Wich bag art.

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.

Small businesses don’t 'like' the new Facebook

Facebook finally adopted the publishing model of the old school media: If you want to publicize your business, you have to pay. Small business owners and restaurateurs will have to quickly re-evaluate their marketing plans for 2015.

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.

Getting back to your marketing roots

Although mobile and social media marketing have been hot industry topics for the past few years, you can’t have a strong digital showing without first developing a solid marketing campaign. At the 2014 Fast Casual Executive Summit, this panel dissected a variety of campaigns to see why some work and why some don’t.

Is Panera 2.0 starting to pay off?

Panera will report on its Q4 and FY 2014 earnings on Feb. 12, and the question on everyone's mind is, "How's that 2.0 thing going?" We sat down with Panera's Blaine Hurst for some background and an update.

How did Apple Pay perform in its first quarter?

Eighty percent of Panera's mobile payments came from Apple Pay in Q1 2015. But 80 percent of how much?

What do 26,710 PB&J sandwiches look like? Thanks to Which Wich, we now know

The thousands of sandwiches made during a 'Spreading Party' held at the Sheraton Dallas on Dec. 15 were donated to Dallas-area non-profit organizations.

How restaurants are using gamification to increase engagement in loyalty apps

Restaurants are discovering the power of leveraging apps, loyalty programs and games to engage customers and drive traffic.

Building genuine customer engagement in an Instagram world

Instead of exhausting yourself trying to change customer behavior, take the necessary steps to minimize the distractions cell phones can present.

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Romano's Macaroni Grill expanding 'Kitchen Counter' service

Romano's Macaroni Grill is expanding its fast casual "Kitchen Counter" concept to dinner.

Meatheads teams up with Blackhawks star to save pit bulls

Meatheads will be offering a special hot dog on its menu this spring, "The Bickell Dog," created in honor of Chicago Blackhawks Left Winger Bryan Bickell and his wife Amanda and their charity, The Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation.

Garden Fresh announces best monthly sales in the last six years

The increase includes and 8 percent bump from refreshed restaurants located in southern California.

Jersey Mike's partnering with 120 local charities for 'Month of Giving'

Jersey Mike's Subs will join forces with more than 120 local charities throughout the month of March for the company's 5th Annual March "Month of Giving" fundraising campaign.

Coca-Cola, Fishbowl partnering to offer digital strategy solutions for restaurants

Coca-Cola is partnering with Fishbowl to offer a portfolio of research and solutions that can empower its foodservice clients to develop and execute digital strategies.

Paytronix recognizes brands for innovative loyalty programs

Reward program solutions provider Paytronix Systems Inc. has announced the winners of its 2014 Paytronix Loyaltees Awards, recognizing brands for their use of the Paytronix Rewards platform.

Genghis Grill picks contestants for weight loss challenge

The 69 'Khantestants' will get a free meal at a Genghis Grill every day, and a shot at winning $10,000.

On the Menu: Something's fishy at Meatheads

Something's fishy on Meatheads' menu.

Burger 21's 'B Charitable' initiative nets $127,000 in contributions

Burger 21 donates 10 percent of its restaurants' sales to schools and local charities on the 21st of each month to support the communities in which it operates.

Several fast casual brands land a spot on Parents' healthy kids menu list

Fast casual chains snagged nine of 20 spots on Parents' Best Kids-Menu Dishes list.

Pie Five elects new 'President of Pizza'

Pie Five, a fast casual pizza brand, swore in its new President of Pizza to office, Hunter Todd of Franklin, Tennessee, according to a company release.

E la Carte named one of Fast Company's World's 50 Most Innovative Companies

E la Carte announced it has been named by Fast Company as one of the magazine's World's 50 Most Innovative Companies for 2015.

On the Menu: Cajun shrimp is back at McAlister's and Green Leaf's adds quinoa

What's new on menus this week? McAlister's Deli is bringing back Cajun Shrimp for a limited time through April 2 and Green Leaf’s restaurants have added Sesame Asian Quinoa to the menu for a limited time.

Menu board tests push chicken to the fore for Jersey Mike's

Jersey Mike's is adding a new menu board focused exclusively on its chicken offerings.

Maui Wowi offering smoothies for $2.14 on Valentine's Day

Maui Wowi is positioning the promotion as a healthier way to celebrate the holiday.

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