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. […]

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 […]

Restaurant Segment Performance: Fast-Casual Sandwich Chains

Fast-casual sandwich chains within the Top 150 Fast Casual Restaurant Chains achieved a year-over-year sales increase of 7.5 percent from 2010 to 2011. They also grew their units at a slightly more modest rate of 5.8 percent. Sandwich chains within the Top 150 fared much better than their limited-service counterparts across the industry, which reported […]