It's no surprise that Chipotle grabs the lions' share of social media attention among top fast casual brands, but smaller, regional eateries inspire the most passion among fans.
Representatives from some of the top 50 brands listed in this year's Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers were on hand at the annual gala last week in Chicago, sponsored by Henny Penny.
A number of reasons are behind fast casual's growth, including value, atmosphere and quality food.
The second annual gala, sponsored by Henny Penny, featured dinner and an awards presentation.
Smashburger has 250 restaurants worldwide and plans to open another 70 or 80 units this year.
Criteria included innovation, growth, social responsibility and overall contribution.
A look at how the largest fast casual restaurants in the U.S. stack up on social media.
Based purely on traffic, FastCasual.com reveals its most popular stories of the year.
Carl Howard, CEO of Fazoli's, accepts his award during FastCasual.com's Top 100 Awards Banquet. Fazoli's was named No. 1 on the 2013 list of Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers.
I was honored to announce the winners of the Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers this week at our awards gala in Chicago, where most of the winning brands were represented by CEOs or other C-level executives. The competition...