2016 Fast Casual Top 100

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

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: Taylor Company




2015 Fast Casual Top 100

FastCasual.com's tenth annual review of the restaurant segment's Top 100 movers and shakers takes a look at the brands, marketing campaigns, menu trends and technologies leading the industry.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: FastCasual.com




2015 Fast Casual Top 26 Executives

The fast casual industry is like no other restaurant segment, and that’s because it’s packed with creative, innovative and generous leaders. This year, we chose to unveil this year’s list of the industry’s top leaders at the 10th annual Fast Casual Executive Summit Oct. 18-20 in Miami.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: FastCasual.com


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FEATURES


BuzzFeed exec schools restaurateurs on mastering customer engagement

Jennifer Klawin, SVP, brand strategy, West Coast for BuzzFeed, shared social media tips with restaurateurs.


Fast Casual Summit: 4 questions restaurant brands must answer

At last month's Fast Casual Executive Summit outside Los Angeles, restaurant marketing consultant Gerry O’Brion said the difference between winners and losers in the food service game is differentiation. Brands that can clearly answer four key questions are primed to lead this highly competitive segment of the economy.

Fast Casual Summit: 5 lessons learned from m-commerce innovators

Why restaurants must "adapt to mobile commerce or die."

Fast Casual Summit: 10 moves to maximize your manpower

A one-hour session on optimizing restaurant labor yielded many more hours worth of proven strategies to maximize the efforts of your workforce. This article focuses on the 10 ideas put forth in the session last month at the Fast Casual Executive Summit in Laguna Beach, California.

Fast Casual Summit helps industry 'brains' exchange experience

Been there. Done that. That old saying, indicating a shared experience — often the challenging ones — aptly describes a series of continuing sessions that took place at this year's Fast Casual Executive Summit in Southern California earlier this month.

Fast Casual Exec Summit attendees learn that success isn't just about food, it's about the people

The Fast Casual Executive Summit 2016 brought together hundreds of c-level executives to learn from one another in Dana Point, California.


Rockfire Grill named winner of 'Perfect Pitch'

There may be no better way to recapture the spirit of ingenuity, excitement and entrepreneurship that has brought so many into food service than to attend an event like the Perfect Pitch on the last day of the Fast Casual Executive Summit earlier this month.

Heard at the Fast Cas Exec Summit: Editors share favorite session quotes

Another Fast Casual Executive Summit is in the books, and as always, it produced a plethora of insight.

CEOs of Captain D's, HuHot, Yalla, Slapfish pull back the curtain on business strategies

Improving sales, engaging customers, recruiting employees, food-safety issues and meeting government-mandated policies are just a few issues restaurant operators face daily. They'e also just a few of the topics that several CEOs will address during the CEO Roundtable at the annual Fast Casual Executive Summit.

Early bird gets the worm: Top 5 reasons to meet us in Cali for Fast Cas Exec Summit

Although our 11th annual Fast Casual Executive Summit isn't until Oct. 9-11, you can get in at $595 as opposed to the regular price of $795 if you register by Friday. If that's not enough incentive to join us in sunny California for the summit, below are top five reasons you need to put his amazing event on your calendar.

Are you ready to 'pitch' your fast casual concept?

Fast Casual is now accepting entries for The Perfect Pitch — what we like to describe as a friendlier version of "Shark Tank."

Video: Former NFL star shares how football experience shapes his restaurant business

John Offerdahl, former Miami Dolphins linebacker and owner of Offerdahl’s Café Grill, discusses how the lessons he learned from playing in the NFL helps him run his business.


Video: Smashburger founder discusses why old brands are struggling

Fast casual is pervasive, persistent and is starting to cover all categories, said Smashburger Founder Tom Ryan.


Video: Why, how data drives Dickey's BBQ

Dickey's BBQ CEO Roland Dickey Jr., discusses his three-prong approach to the guest experience and the chain's use of technology.


Video: McAlister's CEO on getting franchisee buy-in with new initiatives

Carin Stutz, president of McAlister’s Deli, and Ricardo Belmar, of Hughes, discuss business strategy at the 2015 Fast Casual Executive Summit.


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