2016 Fast Casual Top 100

FastCasual’s annual list of the industry’s most significant brands and executives.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: Taylor Company




5 Tried-and-True Technologies that Improve Restaurant Operations

New technologies appear on the market on a daily basis, but there are plenty of existing applications that can help operators deliver a superior experience.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Long Range Systems




Restaurant Opening Master Checklist

While opening a new restaurant is exciting it can also be very stressful. Making sure that you have all your 'i's dotted and your 't's crossed before the big day can feel overwhelming.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: TouchBistro


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McAlister's franchisee: 'Don't climb the ladder; build your own'

Heather Ricks, a McAlister's Deli franchisee in Virginia, has a six-person management team. Five are females, and one of her restaurants boast an all-female kitchen.

A 4-step plan to boost holiday catering sales

Brands striving to increase catering sales this holiday season should ask and answer four questions.

Is it time for restaurateurs to really talk turkey?

Thanksgiving, when you think about it, is the celebration of eating out with friends. Why then, doesn't the restaurant industry claim it and give restaurateurs and weary cooks everywhere something really to be grateful for?

Yelp-foodjunky.com partnership gives restaurateurs a front seat at the corporate catering table

A new tech partnership pairing Yelp with foodjunky.com could offer a nice inroad to new source of business for restaurants nationwide.

Ask the experts: Is your brand ready for catering?

Franchisors and their franchisees must understand what they're getting into before deciding if catering should be a part of the business model.

52 billion reasons fast casuals are upgrading catering programs

Off-premise catering in 2015 hit $52.3 billion, a 20 percent increase over 2011.

Heard at the Summit: Memorable quotes from Day 1

Any time you gather some of the industry's brightest CEOs, franchisors, chefs, franchisees and vendors, there is sure to be some insightful quotes. We've gathered a few memorable moments from sessions during the opening day of the inaugural Franchising Restaurant & Innovation Summit in Dallas.

Catering checklist: 4 must-dos before serving customers offsite

Before any restaurant brand jumps into catering, there are a many thoughts to consider in order to ensure success.

6 ways to build a catering sales culture inside your restaurant

A strong sales culture in any company creates an environment where everyone’s in sales. I have always maintained that in any successful business there is "sales" and "sales support." Developing a catering sales culture within a restaurant brand is crucial...

So you wanna cater? What fast casuals should consider before going for it

While many restaurants are succeeding in the catering space, it's not for every brand.

Catering to success with menu labeling

Menu labeling goes beyond in-store menu boards to include catering programs as well as banquet dishes.

Leading from the front lines: If you show the path to success, others will follow

At the end of the day, true leaders know how to inspire their teams to reach for something bigger.

The importance of educating your team about catering

Only through a commitment to education will we have the ability to help others meet a proper standard that can help catering and restaurant leaders adapt to the market changes.

Executive round table: Fast casual segment leaders make their 2015 predictions

Local marketing, local sourcing, mobile technologies and customer service initiatives are all expected to move to the front burner in the New Year.

The four 'Cs' driving Jason's Deli's success

Jason's Deli racks up around $2.5M in AUVs. It's achieving that success by sticking with its core strengths, listening to customers, maintaining control and building strong company culture.

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As the restaurant industry becomes more crowded, operators are turning to new services to compete and differentiate. Among the fastest growing services is off-premise catering. It is estimated that restaurant locations can add $1,000 to their daily sales by adding this channel.

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