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 […]

Full-Service Restaurants Face Fast-Casual Competition

Canadian full-service restaurants—family-style, traditional casual-dining and upscale casual-dining restaurants—face increasing competition as other parts of the foodservice industry are meeting consumers’ changing needs and expectations. Technomic’s 2015 Canadian Future of FSR: Family & Casual Dining Consumer Trend Report investigates which segments are stealing share of stomach by asking consumers to consider alternatives to full-service occasions. […]

Consumer Trends Continue to Evolve in 2015

It’s difficult to anticipate the next shift in restaurant consumers’ preferences and need states, but operators can count on one expectation heading into 2015: Consumers will expect more from their brands, especially in the areas of technological amenities and food quality. Meeting those evolving demands will require restaurant leaders to invest heavily in their brands. […]

Incremental Traffic: It’s What’s for Dinner

Dinner and late-night visits at restaurants have recovered nicely in tandem with consumers’ finances since the deepest lows of the Great Recession, and several emerging trends could propel operators past merely regaining lost business and help them start taking market share. In Technomic’s latest Dinner & Late-Night Consumer Trend Report, 64% of consumers reported that […]

Liquid Assets: Strong Growth for Adult Beverage-Centered Restaurants

Adult beverages take center stage at a new generation of casual-dining chain restaurants built on the premise that the beer, wine or cocktails menu deserves as much attention as the food menu. These concepts—Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Yard House and Eddie Merlot’s among them—also have banked on the belief that today’s increasingly beverage-savvy consumer […]

Full Speed Ahead for U.K. Full-Service Restaurants

Earlier this month, we looked at some of the U.K.’s fastest-growing limited-service restaurant segments, based on data from Technomic’s new Top 100 U.K. Chain Restaurant Report. Now, we turn our attention to those full-service chains that recorded the strongest sales growth in 2013. In contrast to the tepid 2.4% sales growth seen among leading U.S. […]