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The Denver, Colorado-based chain recently opened its 25th brick-and-mortar unit in St. Louis and has also been driving sales there with its first food truck.
A passion for food, combined with a desire to improve his lot in life and a little luck propelled David Choi, the son of Korean immigrants, to launch Seoul Taco, a small chain of restaurants and food trucks.
While a commissary gave David Choi the venue for his first restaurant, his food truck experience gave him the skills needed to prepare and serve food to customers efficiently and profitably.
As the first licensee of Eatsa's self-service technology, Wow Bao's newest unit allows guests to pick up their orders from cubbies that alert them to the status of their orders.
Eatsa, both a restaurant and technology provider, faced a difficult choice in deciding the best way to revolutionize the fast casual dining experience. The company has switched its focus from running restaurants to offering other brands its technology.
Ponko Chicken stays busy taking orders with its dual-facing touchscreen POS station as it prepares to establish a franchise operation.
There is no single path to successful menu development, but a successful menu is always a collaborative effort.
Third-party food delivery rapidly expands, gaining importance among restaurant operators who are contemplating the best approach to offer the service.
Jim Mizes and Michael Lastoria debate franchising vs sticking with a company-owned business model.
A panel during the Fast Casual Executive Summit at the Nashville Omni explored the questions management should ask before investing in growth initiatives.
Cloud technology enables companies to respond faster to market changes and empowers employees to perform better, but change doesn't come without pain.
While mobile orders represent a minority of orders, panelists said the ratio is shifting in their favor. A panel of restaurateurs tackling the issue at the Fast Casual Executive Summit drew an overflow audience.
Menu experts chat about current and future trends at this year's Fast Casual Executive Summit.
The fast casual pizza concept is still new to a lot of people, and the food truck has improved customer awareness.
The truck has helped improve the brand's visibility as well as delivered a new revenue stream.
The self-order kiosks enable customized orders, delivering higher tickets for this startup offering French street food.
The co-founder of Flatbread Grill and an exec from Nextep give advice on how to avoid headaches when deploying kiosks.
The kiosks have been an efficient way for customers to access the menu and nutrition information, in addition to other benefits for Flatbread Grill. There have also been challenges, however.
Automated restaurants, driven by artificial intelligence and robots, is closer than many think, according to the CEO of a company involved with automation technology and foodservice.
The fast casual chain teams with a trailer specialist to launch its first mobile food initiative, starting in New York City.