Restaurants offer not-so-spooky Halloween specials

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

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.

At Fast Casual Exec Summit: Why raising wages NOW is a good idea

Halving employee turnover and ensuring your business future are two key advantages that three veteran restaurateurs said they realized after raising their wages now, instead of waiting for what they believe is the "inevitable" to happen.

Now trending: Restaurants offering gender-neutral bathrooms

Many restaurants are ditching signs indicating separate men's and women's restrooms.

No-weight waiting: 4 pickup order problems and their solutions

How clear is the path to both your digital and in-store pickup points? Avoid these four common problems with the fixes provided here.

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.

Webinar: How Texas DQ used digital menus to ease growing pains

If you ask around you probably won't get a lot of argument to the assertion that digital signage is pretty cool, though some restaurateurs have concerns about scaling their digital signage as they grow.

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.

Commodities: Pizza love at stock market, ingredients prices rising

It was a very good week for all but one of the pizza stocks monitored here last week, though the prices paid for essential pizza ingredients rose mostly.

Understanding site selection variables for restaurant tenants

When you're looking for the right property for a pizzeria or QSR, having a checklist of desirable criteria can help you stay on track.

To stay or to grow? That was the question at Fast Casual Executive Summit

"Should I stay or should I grow?" is one question that many restaurant brands struggle with regarding expansion plans.

Analytics ROI vs. the high cost of ignorance

It's best if restaurateurs approach analytics by first asking themselves what their highest value questions are and then consider the many ways those questions might answered.

Domino’s knocks down 91 straight quarters of global growth

Domino’s Pizza continues to dominate the category with another strong quarter of financials marked by strong growth in same store sales, global store counts, and earnings per share.

How supply chain technology helped 2 brands save money, drive profits

With the proper software, restaurant management can provide predictive and actionable insights into entire food supply chains, enabling greater visibility, control and savings.

5 prep steps to maximize holiday restaurant business

Don’t look now, but the holiday season has, in the view of many, already started. For retailers, this is cash-or-crash time. For restaurant operators, this time of year presents a perfect opportunity to establish new connections and enhance old ones.

7 ways to "Wow" your customer base

Brands often over-think the process when they’re attempting to come up with great ways to "surprise and delight" their customers. It doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, it should be simple, easy to execute and customize, but always focused on the things that matter most to a customer.

Free webinar: 7 essential strategies for recession-proof restaurant systems

Analysts are indicating a restaurant recession has already started. Whatever ultimately happens, it's clear those who invest in point-of-sale technology now will reap rewards later. During this free Nov. 1 webinar, you'll learn to recession-proof your restaurant through POS efficiency.

Uncle Maddio's on franchisee failure: Lessons learned drive growth forward

When you build a brand, you are taking a chance on new franchisees. There will be failures, shares Uncle Maddio's. The trick is to turn those failures into successful strategy moving forward.

Commodity prices rise amidst a week of restaurant turmoil

Amidst a week of bankruptcy announcements and less-than-rosy financial news across the restaurant industry, increasing commodity prices only rubbed salt in the wound last week. Pizza stocks reflected that foggy picture, with half of the brands monitored by this website making gains on the week, and the other half tumbling in value.

Questioning why you got into this crazy business? Here's a place to find an answer

Though the readers of this website are involved in another sector of the food service industry, many of you still attended the Fast Casual Executive Summit outside Los Angeles this week. It was a great fit, since much of the information was applicable to all restaurant categories, including everything from franchise growth to food safety.

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