Foodservice brands serve up diverse fare at Global Gaming Expo

Foodservice brands serve up diverse fare at Global Gaming Expo

Attendees at the Global Gaming Expo sampled a variety of branded foodservice concepts.

Photo gallery: Restaurant execs take on London (Part 2)

Photo gallery: Restaurant execs take on London (Part 2)

Networking and learning from one another about franchising trends and best practices were all part of the 2017 Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit — Europe held in London in July.

In pictures: Global restaurant execs in London: Part 1

In pictures: Global restaurant execs in London: Part 1

Executives from 17 countries gathered in London for the 2017 Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit — Europe last week. The event, produced by Networld Media Group, provided the opportunity for more than 100 restaurant leaders to share advice, success stories and discuss how they moved on from failure.

NRA 2017 in photos: Editors share top highlights

NRA 2017 in photos: Editors share top highlights

The editors of FastCasual, Pizza Marketplace, QSRWeb and Food Truck Operator share some highlights from the 2017 NRA show in Chicago.

Check out highlights from ICX Summit in Dallas

Check out highlights from ICX Summit in Dallas

The 2016 Interactive Customer Experience Summit featured almost three days of education, networking and tours.

Photo gallery: 2016 FastCasual Top 100 winners honored at gala

Photo gallery: 2016 FastCasual Top 100 winners honored at gala

C-level execs gathered Sunday at the Sofitel in Chicago to receive their FastCasual Top 100 awards.

Photo gallery: Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit 2016

Photo gallery: Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit 2016

More than 140 franchise execs gathered last week in Dallas at the Franchising Restaurant & Innovation Summit.

Photo Gallery: Super Chix hatches a new look

Photo Gallery: Super Chix hatches a new look

Super Chix hopes its redesign will reinforce its positioning as the "classed-up chicken joint."

Photo gallery: Fast Casual Executive Summit takes over Miami

Photo gallery: Fast Casual Executive Summit takes over Miami

If you missed this year's Fast Casual Executive Summit, check out all the action in our photo gallery. And, there's always next year!

A look at NRA 2015

A look at NRA 2015

About 60,000 foodservice providers and operators met this week in Chicago for NRA 2015.

Oh, what a night: Celebrating Fast Casual's 2015 Top 100

Oh, what a night: Celebrating Fast Casual's 2015 Top 100

FastCasual.com’s editorial team released its annual list of the industry’s most significant brands and trends, awarding Panera Bread the top spot Sunday night at its annual gala in Chicago.

Which Wich bag art chronicles passions, life of Atlanta-area artist

Which Wich bag art chronicles passions, life of Atlanta-area artist

Shawn Elledge loves bacon, his wife and his newborn son, and he lets it show on his Which Wich bag art.

Fazoli's hits refresh with menu overhaul and elevated service

Fazoli's hits refresh with menu overhaul and elevated service

With guest frequency below where he wants it to be, Fazoli's CEO Carl Howard asked his customers what it would take to get them in the door more often. The result is a revamped menu and service that looks more like casual dining than fast casual.

What do 26,710 PB&J sandwiches look like? Thanks to Which Wich, we now know

What do 26,710 PB&J sandwiches look like? Thanks to Which Wich, we now know

The thousands of sandwiches made during a 'Spreading Party' held at the Sheraton Dallas on Dec. 15 were donated to Dallas-area non-profit organizations.

A peek inside Starbucks' first Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room

A peek inside Starbucks' first Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room

A projected 1.4 million pounds of small lot coffee will be roasted in the first year at the new Roastery, doubling current production rates.

Snapshots from the Fast Casual Executive Summit 2014

Snapshots from the Fast Casual Executive Summit 2014

The 2014 Fast Casual Executive Summit brought together more than 300 industry leaders representing 121 different restaurant concepts from eight different countries.

Foodies on the move

Foodies on the move

The food tour was part of the annual Fast Casual Executive Summit.

Check out Panera To You

Check out Panera To You

The store layout is dominated by ordering, order pick-up and wait-area seating.

A look at Starbucks' new interactive store design at Disney World

A look at Starbucks' new interactive store design at Disney World

Starbucks recently opened its first company-owned store at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. According to the company’s blog, the new store features a distinctive design headed by Senior Designer David Daniels. Starbucks opened in Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., in March.

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

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.

2014 Kitchen Innovation winners

2014 Kitchen Innovation winners

More than 20 winners showcased energy-saving, time-saving equipment to help restaurant operators' bottom lines.

WFF: 2014 Leadership Development Conference

WFF: 2014 Leadership Development Conference

About 3,000 women met last week in Dallas for the Leadership Development Conference hosted by the Women's Foodservice Forum.

Luxury drink  lounge hits college campus

Luxury drink lounge hits college campus

Dlush, a luxury beverage and treat lounge, opened this week on the University of California San Diego campus.

Infusion showcases 'restaurant of the future'

Infusion showcases 'restaurant of the future'

Tech solutions provider Infusion is using this week to showcase its retail technology at Richtree Natural Market Restaurant in New York City.

2013 holiday LTOs

2013 holiday LTOs

November and December are always popular months for restaurants to launch limited-time offers.

FCES 2013: Food tour

FCES 2013: Food tour

Three food tours kicked off Fast Casual Executive Summit 2013. Attendees were split into three groups and each visited several of New Orleans' most popular fast casual restaurants.

FCES 2013: Carville and Matalin

FCES 2013: Carville and Matalin

Political power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin weighed in on a variety of issues facing restaurant operators during their keynote address at Fast Casual Executive Summit.

FCES 2013: Dinner and parade

FCES 2013: Dinner and parade

True to New Orleans

FCES 2013: Sessions

FCES 2013: Sessions

This year's Fast Casual Executive Summit included a variety of educational sessions on topics ranging from mobile payments and marketing to digital signage and menu innovation.

Amsterdam Falafelshop relies on quirky ambiance

Amsterdam Falafelshop relies on quirky ambiance

After touring Amsterdam and indulging in the country's many falafel shops, husband and wife, Arianne and Scott Bennett, founded Amsterdam Falafelshop in Washington D.C.

Bruster's restaurant makeover contest

Bruster's restaurant makeover contest

Bruster's held a restaurant makeover contest as part of its brand revitalization plan, introduced in May.

Mexican still heating up fast casual segment

Mexican still heating up fast casual segment

After seeing the monstrous success of Chipotle, it’s no shock that a plethora of fast casual Mexican concepts have popped up.

Healthy fast casual concept changing dine out experience

Healthy fast casual concept changing dine out experience

Paul Chaudury is on a mission to change how people dine out. In 2010, he opened Fresh D’Lite Grill, a fast casual concept that serves only meals with fewer than 550 calories.

Celebrating FastCasual.com's Top 100 Movers & Shakers

Celebrating FastCasual.com's Top 100 Movers & Shakers

More than 50 fast casual restaurants received recognition for their success and innovation at the Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers Awards Gala May 19, 2013, sponsored by Henny Penny.

NRA's 2013 Kitchen Innovation winners

NRA's 2013 Kitchen Innovation winners

NRA's Kitchen Innovations Awards recognize cutting-edge equipment that improves the back-of-house and benefits foodservice operators. Energy efficiency, intelligent controls and online tools, location versatility and more were honored. Photos: Joseph Grove

5 fast casuals taking the Middle East

5 fast casuals taking the Middle East

CEOs of several America-based chains pitched their business models to a room filled with possible franchisees last month at the International Franchise Forum in Dubai.

Naked Pizza thrives in Dubai

Naked Pizza thrives in Dubai

Ian Ohan has opened five Naked Pizza units in the Middle East and plans to soon open more.

French Fry Heaven takes advantage of snack trend

French Fry Heaven takes advantage of snack trend

The first French Fry Heaven location opened in October 2011 in Jacksonville. There are now 60 franchise deals signed to spread the brand across the country.

Restaurateurs demo how to franchise farm-to-table concept

Restaurateurs demo how to franchise farm-to-table concept

Jon Olinto and Anthony Ackil, owners of b.good, a fast casual concept based around locally sourced food, believe their concept is franchise ready, although some think the fresh food model is too expensive to mass produce.

Ice cream shop or 'frachising fantasy?'

Ice cream shop or 'frachising fantasy?'

It may not be Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, but with its pink walls, "magical" glass bathroom doors and toy-lined walls, Sloan's Ice Cream may be the closest thing to it. The South Florida-based ice cream shop is ready to franchise.

Jersey cupcake, burger concept gearing up for growth

Jersey cupcake, burger concept gearing up for growth

Combining his wife’s love of cupcakes with his dream of opening a burger joint, Rick Ross launched BUCU Burger Bar & Bakery in 2011 in New Jersey. It serves burgers, sandwiches, wings, cupcakes, cookies and shakes.

NAFEM 2013

NAFEM 2013

This year's North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers show, held last week in Orlando, included 550 exhibitors, 130 of which had products or services featured in the "What's Hot! What's Cool!" gallery.

Schlotzsky's redesign gives brand relevance

Schlotzsky's redesign gives brand relevance

Less than a decade after filing bankruptcy, Schlotzsky's is back on top, boasting seven years in a row of positive comps.

Smashburger updates design to stay fresh

Smashburger updates design to stay fresh

The better burger chain opened its 200th unit this month, debuting its newly designed interior.

The Big Salad is more than just salad

The Big Salad is more than just salad

Although salad is in its name, The Big Salad, a chain of restaurants in metro Detroit, is about much more than lettuce.

Why fast casuals are catering to catering

Why fast casuals are catering to catering

Fast casual chains are becoming big players in the catering business.

Australia's Pie Face 'meats' NYC

Australia's Pie Face 'meats' NYC

Pie Face, a 70-unit Australian fast casual chain, recently made its American debut in NYC. It specializes in savory pies that come in flavors such as mince meat, barbecue,chicken and turkey.

4 technologies gaining ground in restaurant industry

4 technologies gaining ground in restaurant industry

FastCasual.com sat down with the CEOs or founders of four technology companies serving the restaurant industry — FrontFlip, Breadcrumb, Irisys and GoPago — to find out if their solutions are worth the investment.

Starbucks Japan pops up in Tokyo

Starbucks Japan pops up in Tokyo

Starbucks Japan ran a "pop-up store" Sept.

Kitchen 67

Kitchen 67

Technology is almost as important as the menu at Kitchen 67 Brann's Cafe, a new fast casual concept launched this month in Michigan.

Chefs4Kids in Haiti

Chefs4Kids in Haiti

Chefs4Kids has sent two food carts to Haiti in support of business development.

Giardino Gourmet Salads

Giardino Gourmet Salads

Founded eight years ago by Ody and Kenny Ludo, Giardino Gourmet Salads is a build-your-own concept that started in southern Florida.

Hobart's Baxter Mini Rotating Rack Oven

Hobart's Baxter Mini Rotating Rack Oven

Hobart has launched its Baxter Mini Rotating Rack Oven, which features the company's patented self-contained spherical cast steam system, with two steamer assemblies per oven.

2012 NRA Show Kitchen Innovation winners

2012 NRA Show Kitchen Innovation winners

The National Restaurant Association's 2012 Kitchen Innovations (KI) Award winners were named by an independent panel of judges comprised of internationally recognized food facilities consultants, multi-unit executives and design experts. Award recipients were showcased in the interactive Kitchen Innovations Pavilion...

McAlister's Deli new prototype

McAlister's Deli new prototype

For nearly two years, executives at McAlister's Deli have been working on menu and service enhancements. Now, the company has launched a new store design to complement those operational changes.

Piada: Italian Street Food

Piada: Italian Street Food

Piada is a six-unit fast casual concept that features assembly-line wraps, pasta dishes and salads. Piada is the latest project from Chris Doody, who launched Bravo, Brio and Bon Vie restaurants.

Melthouse Bistro

Melthouse Bistro

Milwaukee-based Melthouse Bistro was founded by Troy and Susan Davis. The restaurant, designed to reflect the "barn to bistro" movement, offers gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, local artisan breads and all-natural ingredients.

Foumami Asian Sandwich Bar

Foumami Asian Sandwich Bar

Boston-based Foumami features a menu of Asian-inspired sandwiches, soups and salads. The restaurant opened in 2010 and was founded by third-generation restaurateur Michael Wang.

2011 Fast Casual Executive Summit: Networking Receptions

2011 Fast Casual Executive Summit: Networking Receptions

Attendees at the 2011 Fast Casual Executive Summit in Chicago had plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle during the event, held Oct. 23-25 at the Hotel Allegro.

2011 Fast Casual Executive Summit: Education

2011 Fast Casual Executive Summit: Education

More than 220 fast casual operators and company sponsors attended this year

2011 Fast Casual Executive Summit Food Tour

2011 Fast Casual Executive Summit Food Tour

More than 75 people attended this year's Fast Casual Executive Summit food tour. Stops included Wow Bao, Jamba Juice, I Dream of Falafel, Epic Burger, Grahamwich, Portillo's Hot Dogs and Vapiano.

Gatti's fast casual concept

Gatti's fast casual concept

Gatti's Pizza has unveiled its new fast casual concept, Gatti's. The first unit opened in Austin, Texas.

Paleo Diet inspires menu at Dick's Kitchen

Paleo Diet inspires menu at Dick's Kitchen

Richard Satnick opened a NYC-inspired diner with a healthy twist. Most menu items follow the Paleo Diet, which consists of food that our earliest ancestors ate.

LYFE Kitchen serving a healthy lifestyle

LYFE Kitchen serving a healthy lifestyle

The new restaurant concept is built around offering healthy and organic choices.

Pollo Campero launches new menu and design in US

Pollo Campero launches new menu and design in US

Pollo Campero has 200 locations around the world; 27 are in the United States. The chain is hoping to expand its U.S.

Green is the new black

Green is the new black

Restaurants embracing the green movement will have an easier time staying in the black.

Bennigan's

Bennigan's

Restaurant chain Bennigan's is ramping up sales with new store designs and a focus on chef-inspired cuisine. Executives at the 80-unit chain are hoping to recapture the brand vibrancy that made it a once-thriving concept with 270 locations.

Roam Artisan Burgers

Roam Artisan Burgers

Roam Artisan Burgers opened on San Francisco’s Union Street in Summer 2010.

NRA 2011: Food Truck Spot

NRA 2011: Food Truck Spot

After its inaugural year in 2010, the National Restaurant Association Show's Food Truck Spot more than doubled in exhibitors and enthusiasm this year.

NRA 2011: Technology pavilion highlights

NRA 2011: Technology pavilion highlights

From tablet kiosks to digital menu boards, restaurateurs have a lot of technology to understand.

NRA 2011: Kitchen Innovation pavilion

NRA 2011: Kitchen Innovation pavilion

Each year, NRA features products it has awarded for advancing equipment for the restaurant operator.

Boudin Bakery, San Francisco

Boudin Bakery, San Francisco

Boudin Bakery in San Francisco

Daphne's California Greek

Daphne's California Greek

After operating for nearly 20 years as Daphne's Greek Cafe, new owner, Wreath Equity LLC, has unveiled a new name and brand identity for the Carlsbad, Calif.-based Daphne's California Greek.

NAFEM 2011: Day 1

NAFEM 2011: Day 1

The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers Show was held Feb.

The 2010 Fast Casual Executive Summit sessions

The 2010 Fast Casual Executive Summit sessions

While dinners and receptions make the Fast Casual Executive Summit fun, the sessions make it indispensible.

The 2010 Fast Casual Executive Summit dinner

The 2010 Fast Casual Executive Summit dinner

James Bond was the theme for the Shaken, Not Stirred gala at Roy's.

The 2010 Fast Casual Executive Summit food tour

The 2010 Fast Casual Executive Summit food tour

The food tours visited more than a dozen fast casual concepts in the Chicago area.

The 2010 Fast Casual Executive Summit: Check-in and reception

The 2010 Fast Casual Executive Summit: Check-in and reception

Sights and sounds from the 2010 Fast Casual Executive Summit, Oct.

The NAFEM Show 2009 Highlights Restaurant Solutions

The NAFEM Show 2009 Highlights Restaurant Solutions

NAFEM Show 2009 featured a number of solutions for operators.

Starbucks New Global Store Designs

Starbucks New Global Store Designs

Starbucks announced in June its new global store-design strategy in an effort to set the stage for a reinvigorated customer experience.

Steps to Energy Management

Steps to Energy Management

Reducing energy costs is a must in today\

Swich Pressed

Swich Pressed

The one-unit fast casual Swich Pressed, founded by CEO John Gargiulo.

2009 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show NYC

2009 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show NYC

The 2009 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York kicked off March 1 at the Jacob K.

Tom & Eddie’s

Tom & Eddie’s

Former McDonald’s executives Tom Dentice and Ed Rensi plan to open the first Tom & Eddie’s in Lombard, Ill., in August.

2009 NRA  -  Products

2009 NRA - Products

Be where the industry meets.

Obikà Mozzarella Bar

Obikà Mozzarella Bar

Obikà Mozzarella Bar, located in New York City

Firehouse Subs 2010 Family Reunion

Firehouse Subs 2010 Family Reunion

Firehouse Subs held its second annual franchise conference June 27-29 in Orlando, Fla.

Lilly’s Gourmet Pasta Express

Lilly’s Gourmet Pasta Express

Lilly’s Gourmet Pasta Express features a variety of fresh pastas topped with choice of sauce and toppings, shown here with the brand’s spokesperson, Pasta Man.

Italian Oven Cafe

Italian Oven Cafe

West Palm Beach, FL -based Italian Oven Cafe opened in September 2008.

Coca-Cola Freestyle - Fountain of the Future

Coca-Cola Freestyle - Fountain of the Future

Coca-Cola North America is testing its new self-service Freestyle fountain dispenser in three U.S.

Burgerville - Aiming Toward Casual

Burgerville - Aiming Toward Casual

Burgerville is a 39-unit chain based in Vancouver, Wash., featuring burgers made with natural beef and seasonal specialties that showcase locally sourced ingredients.

Ben & Jerry’s

Ben & Jerry’s

The founders of Ben & Jerry’s opened their first retail location in Burlington, VT, in 1978.

Burgerville Promotes Sustainability with its Menu

Burgerville Promotes Sustainability with its Menu

Vancouver, Wash.-based Burgerville has built its menu around local products, several of which are seasonal.

Western Expo 2009: Equipment

Western Expo 2009: Equipment

2009 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo

2009 Fast Casual Summit Food Tour

2009 Fast Casual Summit Food Tour

If there was a better way to start a conference of fast casual executives than a tour of the segment\

2009 Fast Casual Executive Summit - Day Two

2009 Fast Casual Executive Summit - Day Two

This unique gathering brings together a select group of top executives from the fast casual industry for two days of networking, workgroup sessions and an exchange of ideas and innovations on the industry’s top strategic issues.

2007 Fast Casual Executive Summit

2007 Fast Casual Executive Summit

This unique gathering brings together a select group of top executives from the fast casual industry for two days of networking, workgroup sessions and an exchange of ideas and innovations on the industry’s top strategic issues.

Fazoli’s 2010 Prototype

Fazoli’s 2010 Prototype

Fazoli’s opened its new prototype location March 9 in Dayton, Ohio.

2009 NRA - Food

2009 NRA - Food

Be where the industry meets.

Chipotle New Store Design

Chipotle New Store Design

Chipotle began to open restaurants in 2009 that feature this new store design.

NRA 2009 - Equipment

NRA 2009 - Equipment

Attendees at the 2009 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show viewed a variety of equipment and products during the 4-day show.

Smashburger San Antonio

Smashburger San Antonio

Smashburger recently opened a store at 11309 Bandera Road in San Antonio, Texas.

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