Video: Panera creator puts talents behind CoreLife Eatery

Panera's former chief concept officer, Scott Davis, discusses why he thinks he'll hit another homerun with CoreLife Eatery.

Pie Five, Pizza Inn exec on why training has evolved

Mary Barker, VP of human resources at Rave Restaurant Group, talks about how the brand handles training.

Sponsored by: Hughes

Wahlburgers CFO: 'We're not just a celebrity concept'

Wahlburgers CFO Patrick Renna talks about the brand's plans of opening 500 units worldwide.

Video: How Crushed Red's thriving dinner day-part drives site selection

Powell Kalish, the concept's chief development officer, sat down with FastCasual's Cherryh Cansler to describe how he chooses sites for the pizza and salad concept.

Video: Mooyah VP chats about brand's cash infusion from new owner

Natalie Anderson Liu, Mooyah's VP of marketing, chats with Cherryh Cansler about how the cash infusion from the chain's new owner, an Affiliate of Balmoral Funds LLC and Gala Capital Partners, will help the brand grow.

C-Speak: Effective discounting vs. lazy marketing

Fishbowl's chief analytics officer chats about how offering untargeted, heavy discounts can hurt sales.

Sponsored by: Fishbowl

Fast Casual Top 100 winners honored at annual gala

The 2017 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers were honored at the annual gala.

Blaze Pizza takes top place in Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers

Jim Bitticks, VP, operations and training for Blaze Pizza, takes the stage to accept first place in this year's Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers.

PR guru shares tips to saving your brand from a crisis

Ellen Hartman, CEO of Hartman Public Relations, taught the attendees of this year's Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit in Dallas about the importance of having a risk-management plan. Key steps, however, to defusing any negative event, from a food safety...

Former Chipotle, McDonald's exec: 'Leadership development has evolved'

Cultivating leadership and developing oneself is key to success, according to Bobby Shaw, a veteran executive of several brands, including Chipotle and McDonald's.

Biju's Little Curry CEO gives tips on how to win big with retail partnerships

Biju Thomas, founder of Biju's Little Curry Shop, discussed how he successfully partnered to open inside Whole Foods.

C-Speak: How Hopdoddy relies on tech to customize training, showcase brand culture, streamline openings

Hopdoddy Burger Bar has taken every aspect of workforce management digital to enhance its in-person training, onboarding, and management procedures.

Sponsored by: HotSchedules

Industry execs 'Spread the Love' at Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit

Restaurant executives from all over the world gathered in March at the Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit in Dallas to not only learn from one another about growing their businesses, but also make more than 10,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Summit summations: Dallas event delivers Texas-sized dividends

Katie Fuhrman of MomentFeed; Kimberly Brastad of Dairy Queen; Keith Hill of I Love Bacon; Jamal Bara of Waterfall; Demetra McLain of DW's Subs and Jacquelyn Cirko of Groupon, give an inside look to their Summit experiences.

Saladworks CEO reveals brand's 5-step come-back strategy

Saladworks was facing bankruptcy in 2015, when Centre Lane Partners bought it for nearly $17 million. Since then, CEO Patrick Sugrue has been working to breathe new life into the 30-year-old brand. "You have to be able to fail fast...

C-Speak: Intelligent marketing starts with data

An analytics expert discusses why the old marketing playbook no longer works. Brands must understand who customers are in order to bring them back.

Sponsored by: Fishbowl

BuzzFeed exec schools restaurateurs on mastering customer engagement

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

Dickey's CIO: Technology isn't just a tactic

Laura Rae Dickey sat down at the annual 2016 Fast Casual Executive Summit in Data Point, California, to give an inside look at Dickey's technology strategy, which began to take shape in 2008.

Penn Station CEO: We need 3 things to grow

Craig Dunaway of Penn Station East Coast Subs talks about franchise growth challenges, customer engagement and labor processes at the 2016 Fast Casual Executive Summit in Dana Point, California.

Cousins Subs VP lays out growth plans

Jason Valentine,  VP of Operations of Cousins Subs, chats about cultivating franchise relationships, employee engagement, the brand's new look and food safety challenges.

Why Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit is taking on London

Restaurant franchises hoping to grow in the UK must embrace innovation and technology.

Arby's franchisee weighs in on brand's 'tech tolerance'

COO Bo Davis discusses how he uses technology to keep employees engaged.

Sponsored by: Hughes

Habit Burger CMO chats about taking the California brand national

Matt Hood, CMO of Habit Burger Grill, chats with Tim Tang about what it takes to expand a regional concept nationwide.

Focus Brands president: 'Restaurant business is complicated'

The president of Focus Brands sums up his views on the state of the restaurant industry.

How Pita Pit combines social, digital platforms to reach customers

Jordy Patano, shown right, digital marketing manager of Pita Pit, dishes on the chain's digital strategy in an interview with Hughes' Tim Tang.

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