Lauren Hallow

Lauren Hallow is Associate Editor, Concept Analysis at Technomic Inc. She writes content for the company’s ConcepTrac monthly newsletter that covers emerging restaurant chains. Lauren also hosts Technomic’s quarterly Hot Concepts webinar and provides concept-related content for company databases, custom reports and press queries.

All-Day Breakfast Rising

The big news in foodservice recently was McDonald’s introducing what many have long been waiting for: all-day breakfast. Other limited-service chains like White Castle and Golden Corral also recently extended breakfast service to later in the day, but some operators have already answered the calls for all-day eggs and biscuits with breakfast-focused concepts of their […]

Sales Continue to Build for Build-Your-Own Concepts

By now we’re all familiar with build-your-own, sometimes called “Chipotle-style,” concepts. The foodservice industry has become home to many varieties of create-your-own restaurants across all types of cuisines, from pizza to vegetables. The trend shows no signs of slowing down. In 2014, restaurants with a create-your-own format—which moves customers down the line and allows them […]

Fast Casual Attracts Investors

Typically, Technomic’s ConcepTrac newsletter highlights four concepts featuring a shared characteristic—such as a similar service format or cuisine. The August issue however focuses on a similarity that exists outside restaurant walls. All four of Technomic’s featured concepts—Chicken Salad Chick, Honeygrow, MAKE OUT and Naf Naf Grill—are recent recipients of investments from private equity firms. It’s […]

Delivery Service Trials

Leading limited-service restaurant chains are trialing or launching new delivery service options in droves, often from a tech-based platform or through a third-party partnership, in order to boost sales and grow this convenience-fueled service. In the last year alone, Dunkin’ Donuts, Taco Bell, McDonald’s and Starbucks trialed delivery service, and Panera Bread Company, Burger King […]

Where Are They Now: Twin Peaks

THEN: In the May 2011 issue of ConcepTrac, Technomic profiled Twin Peaks, a casual-dining concept promoting scenic views of its rustic, mountain lodge-style décor and midriff-bearing Twin Peaks Girls. The chain catered to males not only with its décor and all-female servers but also with its large portions of upscale bar fare and commitment to […]

5 Reasons Why The Den is a Smart Move for Denny’s

In October, Denny’s launched The Den, a fast-casual concept targeting Millennials. The Den has since opened additional locations, including its first franchised site, and plans to continue expanding. Here are five reasons why The Den is a smart move on Denny’s part and why it could be a significant sales driver for Denny’s Corp.: All […]

Betting on Fast-Casual Barbecue

The fastest-growing chain with sales greater than $200 million in 2013 was fast-casual barbecue concept Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, according to Technomic’s 2014 Top 500 Chain Restaurants Report. This is just one of the reasons that barbecue may continue to be a growth area for fast-casual concept development. Patrons flock to fast-casual barbecue concepts because they […]

10 International Concepts Finding Success In The U.S.

Some of the United States’ largest restaurant chains, including McDonald’s, Starbucks and Applebee’s, conduct a significant amount of business overseas. So what are some of the larger international chains that are enjoying success in the U.S.? Several global chains are capitalizing on U.S. consumers’ appreciation for authenticity by bringing international fare, such as TOUS les […]

Where’s the Beef? Operators Highlight Chicken, Turkey and Veggie Burgers

Within the last several years, we’ve seen a rise in “better burgers” featuring high-quality ingredients like grass-fed beef and 100% Black Angus beef patties. Now, operators are continuing the better-burger trend by offering better-for-you burgers made with proteins that are perceived as healthy alternatives to beef, such as turkey, chicken and tuna. These non-beef burger […]