Fast Casual

Jamba Juice Blends Expansion into Philippines with Max’s

Jamba Juice said it would open its first store in the Philippines on November 11. The opening with Max's Group of Companies will take place in the quick-rising district known as Fort Bonifacio City

Moe's Southwest Grill Eyes Columbus for Expansion

Mexican-style chain Moe's Southwest Grill laid on eyes on Ohio ─ Columbus, Ohio to be precise, in an effort to expand its fast casual concept. The company said it was looking to secure franchisees

UFood Grill Announces Veteran's Day Promotion

Boston-based UFood Restaurants, operator of UFood Grill, a "better-for-you" chain of health-centric burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and salads, will be giving away a free meal to military vets on Veteran's Day.

Cosi Announces Q3 Fiscal 2011 Sales

Cosi reported sales for its third quarter ended September 26. Company-owned and franchise stores alike posted a comparable sales decrease of three percent.

Peet's Coffee & Tea Launches Near-Field Technology Payments

Peet's Coffee & Tea, based in Emeryville, Calif. said it will begin accepting payments using near-field technologies (NFC) processing. Phones with Google Wallet-enabled apps, and MasterCard® PayPass™

Uno Dué Go Fast Casual Concept to Open in Historic Downtown Boston

Uno's fast casual concept, Uno Dué Go, gains momentum this month with the opening of an urban-centric location in the historic downtown area of Boston. The new Uno Dué Go café, spotlighting fresh bread baking in

17 Stores to Open in Smashburger's Middle East Deal

The better burger segment of fast casual is expanding quickly, both here in the United States, and abroad. Smashburger signed three development

A Tale of Two Asian Concepts with Sights South of the Border

Two Asian-style dining chains, Panda Express and Sarku Japan, recently went south of the border in separate licensing deals.

Panda Express, an operator and franchisor of more than 1,400 quick serve Chinese-style restaurants,

Fast Casual Cosi Searches for New Chief as Hyatt Moves On

Fast casual operator Cosi reported that Mark Demilio, chairman of the Board of Directors, will be the interim chief executive for the company, effective immediately. This follows today's resignation

Will Breastaurants Invade Fast Casual? A Designer Dresses the Concepts, Regardless

In 2005, a uniform designer for the NFL and NBA professional leagues sat down with Randy Dewitt, the owner of Rockfish Restaurants. He had the idea for a new concept, Twin Peaks Restaurants, he told designer Terra Watson, which would compete with concepts like Hooters of America (HOA).

Chipotle Starts New Foundation to Solidify Support for Sustainable Industry Endeavors

Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill has launched the a new foundation to funnel its financial and operating support to organizations improving sustainability practices  for the future.

Qdoba Aims to Keep Healthy Initiatives at its Core

Wheat tortillas. Street Tacos. Lean Pork. These are fighting words for Ted Stoner, director of Strategic Product Development for Qdoba Mexican Grill, a chain of 550 restaurants spanning from California to Massachusetts.

Q&A: Corner Bakery's President Vinz on Brand Building and Delivering Consistency

From a small corner bakery in downtown Chicago, to a coveted brand that has caught the attention of the media, restaurant analysts and chain executives alike, Corner Bakery Cafe has built its reputation in the fast casual segment on brand consistency, innovation, and a menu strategy

Peet’s Coffee Goes Light with New Freddos

Peet’s Coffee & Tea introduced a new line of Light Freddo blended iced coffee beverages. The new light line will have as much as 50 percent less calories than the existing line of Freddos.

Steven Becker and Matthew Drapkin to Join Ruby Tuesday Board of Directors

Ruby Tuesday, Becker Drapkin, and Carlson Capital, L.P. appointed Steven Becker and Matthew Drapkin to the Board of Director as independent members effective June 30.

Smashburger Debuts First Atlanta Store with Menu Southern Twist

Smashburger, the better burger concept that operates 100 fast casual stores nationally, will open its first Atlanta location at 2625 Piedmont Road NE. The Piedmont restaurant, opening July 7, will be one of twenty stores that will open in the Atlanta market.

Red Mango's LTO Raspberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Introduced Nationwide

Red Mango, a quick-service retailer of all-natural probiotic frozen yogurt and fresh fruit smoothies, launched a new frozen yogurt Raspberry Cheesecake flavor nationwide.