Fast-Casual Barbecue Concepts Look to Smoke Competition

Barbecue restaurants have resonated with patrons for years thanks to their homestyle offerings and friendly atmosphere. Some of the most successful barbecue concepts in recent years have been in the fast-casual sector; in fact, fast-casual barbecue concept Dickey’s Barbecue Pit was ranked among the top five fastest growing LSR chains in Technomic’s 2015 Top 500 […]

How Fast Casual Tops Franchise Growth with Better Bottom Lines

Nobody should be surprised that fast casual leads all other industry segments in overall sales growth and unit growth. Observers could plainly see that in Technomic’s Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, or with their own eyes, as the newest restaurants in town are probably fast-casual concepts and are probably packed with a line to the […]

Specialty Segments to Supercharge Fast Casual’s Momentum

The fast-casual segment has had a remarkable run of sales and unit growth the past 10 years, enjoying broad success in familiar menu categories like Mexican, sandwiches and burgers. But the salad days for specialty fast-casual brands and their burgeoning segments—like build-your-own salad, Mediterranean, pizza and barbecue—are just beginning, and their development likely will sustain […]