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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FEATURES


Restaurants offer not-so-spooky Halloween specials

Restaurants of all kinds are offering Halloween specials for young guests.

Can BOGO cocktails entice consumers to go back to Chipotle?

Chipotle’s E.Coli outbreaks and recent allegations against its leadership have caused the brand to go on a mission to gain back consumer trust. It tried free burritos and is now tempting customers with free booze. The Fresh-Mex concept has launched...

Moe's finds a sweet spot with contextualized tweets, increased digital spend

A well-timed tweet helped drive home Moe's brand message and engage customers.

Moe's Southwest Grill president on chain's growth

Paul Damico, president of Moe's Southwest Grill, chats about the success and growth of the brand. The Mexican fast casual brand recently opened its 500th unit, which Damico attributes to not only the fresh, healthy food but also to its...


Chipotle shifts marketing approach, reports 8% comps increase

While revenue and same-store sales rise, the company shifts focus to local marketing initiatives.

SEC joins Chipotle hiring probe

Chipotle received a subpoena from the SEC May 17 requesting information in regard to its hiring practices.

NRA 2012: Hot Head Burritos

Ray and Cynde Wiley, the founders of Dayton, Ohio-based Hot Head Burritos, talks about brand strategy and growth.


Fast Casual releases 2012 Top 100 Movers & Shakers

The Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers ranks the top concepts, people, technology, menu and innovation trends that impacted the segment in 2011.

Chipotle battles new criticism from growers' group

CIW has challenged major chains before, promoting farm workers' rights.

Salsarita’s acquired by former McAlister’s CEO

Former McAlister’s Deli president and CEO Phil Friedman has acquired the Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina restaurant chain. The chain has 80 stores across 19 states and is now owned by Salsarita’s Holdings LLC, a company formed and controlled by Friedman, who serves as CEO.

NRA 2011: Qdoba on the success of street food

Qdoba's head of strategic product development talks about street food and why it's becoming a fast-casual trend.


Tin Star embarks on Texas-sized turnaround

By Steve Coomes Like a lot of great ideas, the concept of Tin Star Sizzle, Smoke and Salsa was great, but not perfect, out of the box. Founder Rich Hicks’ goal started out simple in 1999: elevate tacos, quesadillas, soups...

2010: Fast Casual year in review

Healthcare reform, bankruptcy protection and brand overhauls highlight a year full of the quintessential highs and lows.  

FREEBIRDS reveals 2011 growth strategy

In recognition of its 20th anniversary, the creator of the Monster burrito looks to take a bigger bite out of Texas.

Slideshow: Fast Casual Executive Summit Food Tour

The Fast Casual Executive Summit kicked off Oct. 10 with the second annual Fast Casual Food Tour. Nearly 100 summit attendees spent time at brands such as Cosi, 5 Guys Burgers & Fries, Portillo's Hot Dogs, Qdoba and Penn Station.

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