Top 100: People – Maria & Sean Pourteymour, Luna Grill

Maria & Sean Pourteymour, founders of Luna Grill, are number 19 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers: People.


Images from the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers gala

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.

Fast casual execs reflect on the segment during the Movers & Shakers awards banquet

A number of reasons are behind fast casual's growth, including value, atmosphere and quality food.

Fast Casual Top 100 awards banquet highlight reel

The second annual gala, sponsored by Henny Penny, featured dinner and an awards presentation.

Fast Casual Top 100: Smashburger acceptance speech

Smashburger has 250 restaurants worldwide and plans to open another 70 or 80 units this year.

Smashburger named top brand, Fazoli’s CEO named top exec for 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers

Criteria included innovation, growth, social responsibility and overall contribution.

Fast Casual Social Media Top 10 [infographic]

A look at how the largest fast casual restaurants in the U.S. stack up on social media.'s Top 10 stories of 2013

Based purely on traffic, reveals its most popular stories of the year.

Fazoli's CEO accepts's highest award

Carl Howard, CEO of Fazoli's, accepts his award during's Top 100 Awards Banquet. Fazoli's was named No. 1 on the 2013 list of Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers.

Sharing the 'why' and 'how' behind the Top 100

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... seeking Top 100 nominations

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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Top 100: People – Rod Silva, Muscle Maker Grill

Rod Silva, founder and CEO of Muscle Maker Grill, is number 20 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers: People.

Top 100: People – Mark Johnston, Burger 21

Mark Johnston, president of Burger 21, is number 21 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers: People.

Top 100: People – Jim Mizes, Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza

Jim Mizes, president and COO of Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza, is number 22 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers: People.

Top 100: People – Tom Ryan, Smashburger/Live Basil

Tom Ryan the creative mind behind Smashburger and Live Basil, is number 23 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers: People.

Top 100: People – Matt Andrew, Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint

Matt Andrew, CEO of Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, is number 24 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers: People.

Top 100: People – Scott Crane, Smashburger

Scott Crane, CEO of Smashburger, is number 25 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers: People.

Nominations now open for The Fast Casual Top 100

The editors of 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...

Fast Casual Executive Summit's early bird pricing ending July 31

CEOS and other top executives from the fast casual segment will meet in New Orleans to discuss the industry's top strategic issues.

Luna Grill opens with new design, POS system

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 partners with Fazoli's to pilot loyalty, marketing platform

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 opening 1st Orange County unit

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...

Meatheads supporting Chicagoland summer reading

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.

Smashburger franchisor launches fast casual pizza joint

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 Several fast casual pizza chains, where customers go...

2013 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers revealed

Fazoli's, McAlister's Deli and Freebirds World Burrito were recognized as the first, second and third awards, respectively.

Top 100: Fast casual trends - No. 10

No. 10: Flex casual As the restaurant industry revamps to keep up with busy, budget-savvy consumers, a new dining category has emerged.

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