Chuck E. Cheese 'schools' fast casuals on appealing to millennials

Chuck E Cheese feels like a safe place for my family, and that's saying a lot these days.

Drumstick-roll please: KFC exec to share secret (branding) recipe as keynote of Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit

George Felix, KFC's director of brand communications, will share his secret recipe on how KFC is resonating with both millennials and Baby Boomers at the 2018 Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit.

Be like Amazon to win the 'Great Restaurant Market Share War'

The only way for restaurants to grow is to optimize every single aspect of their businesses.

Corner Bakery, Newk's, Saladworks leaders on making data make money

Three restaurant leaders discuss best practices for best data returns.

How to protect your brand from food-safety issues

Brands must use cloud, mobility and internet technologies to proactively protect their brands.

Third-party food delivery models evolve as demand accelerates

Third-party food delivery rapidly expands, gaining importance among restaurant operators who are contemplating the best approach to offer the service.

5 tips to minimize food waste

A study by Unilever revealed that 72 percent of US diners care about how food waste is handled, and almost half would be willing to spend more to dine at a waste-conscious restaurant.

Launching LTOs? Make sure to follow these 3 rules to ensure food safety

Adding new menu items is a great way to please customers but can lead to food-safety risks when not properly implemented.

Restaurants honoring vets with freebies

A variety of restaurant brands are thanking vets for their service with free meals.

To franchise or not: &Pizza, Blaze CEOs debate which business model is best

Jim Mizes and Michael Lastoria debate franchising vs sticking with a company-owned business model.

Fiesta CEO: Hurricanes to blame for Q3 declines

Taco Cabana and Pollo Tropical hoping to bounce back by following its parent company's four-point revitalization plan.

Canadian start-up with a Caribbean bent shows passion integral to Perfect Pitch win

A Toronto mom-and-pop focused on a Caribbean native's love for his culture, along with his new bride's love for him took home honors at this year’s Perfect Pitch competition at the 2017 Fast Casual Executive Summit in Nashville.

Investing for growth? Veterans flag top priorities

A panel during the Fast Casual Executive Summit at the Nashville Omni explored the questions management should ask before investing in growth initiatives.

Dickey's, Quiznos, Firenza execs: Cloud technology gives a lift, but needs advocates

Cloud technology enables companies to respond faster to market changes and empowers employees to perform better, but change doesn't come without pain.

3 ways to open a (drive-thru) window of opportunity for fast casuals

The market is maturing and becoming saturated, requiring fast casual restaurants to look for new ways to stay ahead of the competition. Is the drive-thru the answer?

Restaurateurs: 'Don’t hesitate to offer mobile payments'

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.

Halloween scaring up food freebies across the nation

Halloween is easily one of the most popular holidays for brands hoping to engage customers with freebies.

Millennials: 'Give us big discounts, cut the small talk'

One of the more eye-opening sessions at this Fast Casual Executive Summit in Nashville this month was a quick, question-filled hour-long chat with a varied panel of millennials about what gets their restaurant business and what does not.

Menu experts predict global menu trends — does your brand measure up?

Menu experts chat about current and future trends at this year's Fast Casual Executive Summit.

Chipotle CEO: 'We still have much work to do'

Despite missing analysts' marks, CEO Steve Ells said he's as optimistic as he was when starting Chipotle nearly 24 years ago.

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