Shades Reduce Glare at Chipotle

Sun glare is a common problem for many quick-service and fast-casual restaurant chains, whose storefronts often include large expanses of glass windows. Chipotle Mexican Grill has eliminated the problem by installing solar-screen shades that reduce heat and glare while maintaining outward visibility.


Häagen Dazs rolls out shop redesign

The redesign focused on simplifying the ordering process; creating a tasting station to sample new flavors; and minimizing the ordering pressure.

Secrets to successful restaurant site selection

Tour prospective sites in order from worst to best, which will allow you to become more confident, ask better questions and be more in control of the leasing process.

Tiny stores make me happy: Tracking revenue per square foot

Leading restaurant brands are growing their top line with off-premise sales while shrinking real estate costs – resulting in better revenue per square foot and profitability.

Identifying best practices for restaurant site selection

Getting boots on the ground to narrow down an ideal location is important.

Arby's redefines target audience after year-long review

The chain has ramped up the number of new products in test four-fold in the past four years.

Wendy's aims to be a 'stronger global player'

The company continues its mobile ordering beta test and is approaching loyalty aggressively.

How two QSRs leverage Walmart locations for brand exposure

Walmart customers are similar to Checkers and Philly Pretzel Factory customers in their quest for value, speed and convenience.

Carvel celebrates the past with modern shoppe design

Digital menu boards have been added to draw more attention to the brand's signature treats.

A peek at Carvel's new shoppe design

To mark the brand's 80th anniversary, it has launched a modernized look.

Auntie Anne’s SVP: Brands have to adapt to compete in marketplace

The pretzel brand is set to significantly expand internationally, as well as in non-mall locations domestically, with its new store prototype.

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Peet's Coffee & Tea opens new flagship store in the Windy City

The 1,140 square-foot store, located in the South Tower of the Wrigley Building, incorporates the building's vaulted ceilings and is designed with natural materials including honed Carrera marble counters, custom light fixtures and espresso-stained oak casework.

Dunkin' Brands added 422 units in 2014

Dunkin' Brands plans to add as many as 440 new Dunkin' Donuts units in 2015, and up to 10 new Baskin-Robbins stores.

Sonic continues expansion throughout Upstate New York

Sonic has announced a new agreement for franchise development of eight new drive-ins in the Albany, New York, area throughout the next seven years, with the first restaurant opening in Latham in the spring. The latest agreement was signed with...

Prolific Hispanic franchisee hopes to open BK Whopper Bar at Houston airport

Guillermo Perales, CEO of Sun Holdings LLC, a is planning on bringing Krispy Kreme back to Houston, as well as several other brands to the Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. According to Houston Business First, Sun Holdings LLC owns and...

Auntie Anne's extends nontraditional footprint with Universal Resort debut

Auntie Anne's Pretzels has opened its first location at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, at Universal CityWalk. According to a company news release, this store is the brand's 13th opened at a theme park destination since Auntie Anne’s first added...

Dunkin' Donuts extends South Florida presence

Dunkin' Donuts has opened six new restaurants and one remodeled location throughout the past several weeks with existing franchisees in South Florida. According to a news release, there are currently more than 150 Dunkin' Donuts locations throughout the Miami-Fort Lauderdale...

Dunkin' Donuts launches green restaurant initiative

Dunkin’ Donuts has launched a new program called DD Green, a green building certification program designed to help franchisees build sustainable, energy-efficient restaurants. In conjunction with the launch, the company celebrated the grand opening of a DD Green-certified restaurant in...

Church's Chicken debuts food truck with tour, social media campaign

Church's Chicken has debuted its new, state-of-the-art food truck, which embarks on a tour throughout the South starting today from Atlanta. The food truck will arrive in Montgomery, Alabama today and then continue on to Mobile on Dec. 9, New Orleans on Dec.

Dairy Queen extends DFW presence

Dairy Queen has opened a new restaurant in Keller, Texas, at the corner of Keller Parkway and Cindy Street. According to a company announcement, there are few Dairy Queen locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex – most of the 600-plus...

Good Times latest restaurant features new design

A new Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard opened last week in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, featuring the brand's new restaurant design. “We have wanted to be in this trade area for many years and we had the opportunity to take...

Dunkin' Donuts extends campus footprint

Dunkin' Donuts continues to extend its campus footprint, opening 10 new units at nine universities throughout the country this year. According to a news release, with these openings, the company now has more than 65 campus locations. This year's campus...

Christian firm launches crowdfunding campaign to build McDonald's in a church

Lux Dei Design, a Christian design company based in New Jersey, has launched a new crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo called the "McMass Project." The objective is to raise enough money to build a McDonald's franchise in a church. According to...

Arby's debuts fast casual-inspired design in Tennessee

Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. announced the opening of a new restaurant design and format in White House, Tennessee. According to the company, the new design, called "Inspire," aims to "deliver fast casual aesthetics while employing QSR economics." Arby's began remodeling...

Popeyes expands TravelCenters of America footprint

TravelCenters of America LLC has announced the opening of two new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants at TA Jacksonville South, located at I-95, Exit 329, in Jacksonville, Florida, and Petro Dodge City at I-65, Exit 299, in Hanceville, Alabama. Both new...

Chick-fil-A plans drive-thru debut in Wyoming

Chick-fil-A is about ready to add its second location in Wyoming, and its first restaurant in the state with a drive-thru. According to the Wyoming Business Report, the chain has had a presence in Cheyenne for more than 30 years, with one restaurant inside of a mall. The upcoming drive-thru location will also be in Cheyenne.

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