2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers

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

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2013 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers

FastCasual.com's eighth annual review of the restaurant segment's Top 100 movers and shakers takes a look at the brands, people, technology, menu trends and innovations leading the industry.

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