Archive for quickservice SmartBlogs

Since 1983 chefs, winemakers and other foodservice professionals have gathered in Lyon, France for Sirha, the biennial international hospitality and foodservice conference that also encompasses two of the world’s most prestigious cooking competitions: the Bocuse d’Or and the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie, or World Pastry Cup. While these events — often referred to as the culinary Olympic Games — have been drawing chefs to Sirha for decades, this year will mark the debut of an event at the conference.[…] Continue Reading »

Paul Barron is founder and CEO of DigitalCoCo as well as founder of FastCasual.com and QSRWeb.com. SmartBrief interviewed him on the future of fast casual and his new book, “The Chipotle Effect,” excerpts of which were published on SmartBlog on Food & Beverage.

“The Chipotle Effect” is touted as the first book on the fast-casual restaurant business.[…] Continue Reading »

Golden, Colo.-based Good Times Restaurants was poised for a major Midwest expansion in 2007 but pulled the plug after the first capital markets for franchise financing dried up. The burger and custard chain refocused, channeling its resources toward initiatives that would help the homegrown chain stand out from the pack, says CEO Boyd Hoback. The downturn took a toll, but last month Good Times booked its 17th consecutive month of same-store sales growth, and the chain expects to have sales back to pre-recession levels, improved profitability and no debt on the books by the end of the year.[…] Continue Reading »

Smashburger succeeds with social media; quickservice chains come up with more options for the morning; and some Starbucks locations will offer more than a caffeine buzz.

Read about all this and more in this week’s top five most-clicked links in SmartBrief on Restaurants:

Image credit: narvikk, via iStockphoto[…] Continue Reading »

McDonald’s reported another stellar quarter, with earnings that beat analysts’ estimate and a plan to open 1,300 units this year, including several in the U.K. Britain’s troubled economy is driving more consumers to lower-priced quickservice meals, and young adults welcome the news that the company expects to create thousands of jobs in 2012.

But there’s a downside to the chain’s growing global presence.[…] Continue Reading »