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...
It's time to pick the year's hottest fast casual chains, people, trends and menu innovations; nominations close Jan.1
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FastCasual.com launched its 2012 Top 100 Movers & Shakers in the company's first quarter, along with its annual Fast Casual State of the Industry Benchmark Report.
In this podcast, FastCasual.com senior editor Valerie Killifer discusses the selection process to the Top 100 and why Smashburger was chosen as No. 1.
The editors of FastCasual.com are now accepting nominations for The 2014 Fast Casual Top 100. The annual publication is a mix of rankings compiled from industry nominations as well as a panel of industry experts. Categories include: The Top 50...
CEOS and other top executives from the fast casual segment will meet in New Orleans to discuss the industry's top strategic issues.
California-based Luna Grill opened a new unit in San Diego last month, marking the chain's ninth location. It features an open kitchen that allow guests to walk down the line and watch chefs prepare their handmade meals, said Enrique Lombrozo,...
SpotOn, a loyalty and marketing platform designed initially for small business, today announced the release of the second full version of its marketing platform for businesses, offering new technology to help multiple-location merchants improve loyalty on a local and brand...
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, a Colorado-based fast casual restaurant concept featuring fresh and healthy Mediterranean cuisine, will open its first Orange County, Calif., franchise location on May 29 at 26541 Aliso Creek Road in Aliso Viejo. The new restaurant is the...
Chicago-based Meatheads is about to kick off its third year of summer reading with the annual launch of the 2013 Voracious Reading Program, according to a company press release. The program, which officially runs June 17- Aug.
Fast casual pizza concepts are all the rage these days, and Smashburger's founder is getting in on the action, opening Live Basil Pizza this week in the Denver area, according to Vcstar.com. Several fast casual pizza chains, where customers go...
Fazoli's, McAlister's Deli and Freebirds World Burrito were recognized as the first, second and third awards, respectively.
No. 3: Matthew CorrinFreshii, founder
Ask most fast casual execs what it takes to succeed in the industry, and odds are you’ll hear a lot about financial backing, business experience and a background steeped in food service.
No. 1: Dave ProkupekCEO, Smashburger
Start with some meatballs and a steel paddle (and a good smash), and you end up with not only a darn fine hamburger, but a business that Forbes magazine recently named the No.
Jacksonville, Fla. / No.
2. Wildflower Bread Company
3. Genghis Grill
Dallas / No.
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Frisco, Texas / No.