Fast-Casual Restaurants Enhance Catering Programs

Fast-casual restaurants are elevating their catering programs to increase sales. Catering and delivery services are becoming essential to eateries looking to grow within the fast-casual segment. This year, operators have introduced catering to new markets, tested delivery service, updated menus and launched catering promotions: Native Foods Café and Donatos Pizza are growing their catering programs. […]

Delivering the Future of Fast Casual

Dozens of fast-casual brands have been making smart investments in the guest experience within their restaurants, from remodeled dining rooms to digital kiosks or apps that make ordering faster and easier. Some forward-thinking chains are making these in-restaurant improvements now, laying the groundwork for a future in which that level of service extends “beyond the […]

Fast-Casual Restaurants Look to Be Life of the Party

Seeing strong potential in catering as an avenue for growth, several top fast-casual restaurant chains are stepping up their party programs. Catering offers significant brand-building opportunities, especially for fast-casual concepts looking to maintain an edge over (or at least keep pace with) a rising number of competitors in the segment. After all, catering in essence […]

Technomic’s New Takeout Report Highlights Need for Consistency, Convenience

Today’s consumers order takeout on a regular basis. In fact, more than half (51 percent) report doing so at least once a week. When consumers think of takeout, fast food usually comes to mind. However, with the exception of fast-food concepts, prepared foods from grocery stores are utilized more often for takeout than any other […]

Fast-Casual Restaurants can Capitalize on Social Catering

Social catering opportunities are heating up heading into March. The college basketball championship tournaments are around the corner, and graduation season will get into gear shortly thereafter. The good news for operators is that consumers say they’re upping their game for at-home entertaining in 2013. More than one-third of consumers in a recent Technomic survey […]