Franchising and growth: Expanding into non-traditional spaces

When entering into non-traditional restaurant formats like food courts, universities & airports, re-developing a concept to fit these new operational structures is no easy task, although it can be done and with great success

The perfect pitch: 3 restaurant concepts

Entrepreneurs from Burgers n’ Fries Forever, Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez and Pincho Factory pitched concepts to a panel of distinguished investors and consultants who provided professional advice.

FCES15: Why design is key to customer engagement

Design is a key aspect for the customer experience and plays directly into the "corporate soul" and building a relationship with customers.

How outdoor seating can increase your revenues by 30%

What is it about outdoor seating that has such a large effect on your customer base? There are many factors involved, most of which revolve around comfort.

Hungry Howie’s on ‘re-igniting’ brand image

Change is constant. That's true in the pizza business as it is anywhere. Hungry Howie's Pizza saw the need to change to remain competitive and did so by re-igniting their brand.

Secrets to successful restaurant site selection

Tour prospective sites in order from worst to best, which will allow you to become more confident, ask better questions and be more in control of the leasing process.

Four reasons digital screens are more than menu boards

Engaging digital signage can be a key differentiator in the customer experience by educating guests about menu items, driving craving, reducing perceived wait times, and more.

Tiny stores make me happy: Tracking revenue per square foot

Leading restaurant brands are growing their top line with off-premise sales while shrinking real estate costs – resulting in better revenue per square foot and profitability.

Toppers Pizza's remodeling, digital efforts help brand stay relevant in 'fast casual environment'

The company expects its mobile site to launch by the end of this year and is investing 'seven figures' into additional digital initiatives.

Identifying best practices for restaurant site selection

Getting boots on the ground to narrow down an ideal location is important.

Good, better, best: Counter tops

For all it endures, a counter has to be tough, but durability often comes at a cost.

A look at Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza

Blaze Pizza opened this week in Louisville, Ky., and hopes to be a national contender in the top-your-own pizza segment by appealing to Millennials and busy lunch patrons.

Blaze Pizza plans to become a national player by targeting Millennials

The new Louisville, Ky., location will be ‘overstaffed’ to ensure guests are taken care of ‘no matter what.’

The whys and hows of restaurant/stadium partnerships

Set up properly, all parties can benefit when established sports and foodservice brands team up.

Modular construction and ROI

In my last post, we talked about a few of the advantages of integrating modular construction into building projects for retailers, foodservice operators and others. In essence, any company that may have a need to set up inside a larger...

Why the restaurant and retail industries should consider modular construction

The construction method makes sense for hotels, shopping malls, airports, hospitals, dorms and more.

Competition, consumers driving the open-kitchen trend

Showing customers your ingredients and preparation processes provides a better connection with them, experts say.

Is the Domino’s remodel mandate a response to fast casual? Kind of.

Fast casual pizza isn't 'just competition for pizza' brands, but for all restaurants, particularly during lunch.

Pie Squared resizes the typical pizza joint

The new concept focuses on top-your-own, 'better-for-you' pizza, but with a fraction of the retail space.

Implement something unique into your restaurants

Jarrod Cooper, senior project manager at CMA, spoke on a panel about trends in restaurant architecture at the recent Fast Casual Executive Summit in New Orleans. He said it's important for brands to know what unique/interesting elements they want to...

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