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.


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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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: People - Matthew Corrin

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.

Top 100: People - Steve Ells


Top 100: People - Dave Prokupek

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.

Top 100: Firehouse Subs No. 1

1.Firehouse Subs Jacksonville, Fla. / No.

Top 100: Wildflower Bread Company No. 2

2. Wildflower Bread Company Scottsdale, Ariz.

Top 100: Genghis Grill No. 3

3. Genghis Grill Dallas / No.

Top 100: MOOYAH No. 4

4. MOOYAH Frisco, Texas / No.

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