Restaurant chains such as Sizzler and Subway are joining the parade of roving gourmet kitchens that started with Kogi two years ago.Familiar restaurant names are starting to show up in the parade of brightly painted food trucks jostling for customers.
By Graeme Hamilton
MONTREAL – The food truck operated by Dispatch Coffee is about the last place you would expect to encounter a fire-breathing capitalist. Co-owner Chrissy Durcak would rather talk about the sustainable farms where her beans are grown, the artisanal roaster with whom she has partnered and the composting of the disposable dishes served to customers.
By Drew Handy:Consumers in the United States are demanding increasingly niche and high value added food products. The food revolution in the United States stretches from the explosive growth of portable food trucks that cover the urban landscape, the tilt of menus across the spectrum of restaurants toward gourmet or niche items, and the growth of gourmet food and kitchen supplies at retail establishments.
McDonald's is rebuilding its U.S. kitchens to make way for fresh and customizable menu options. The fast food giant is building new "prep tables" to make it easier for workers to chop fresh produce and make custom burger toppings, McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said on an earnings conference call today.
For years, chains like Chipotle and Panera Bread have dominated the fast-casual restaurant space. But now, a new breed of chain restaurant is emerging—one that is a step above traditional fast-casual restaurants but is still more casual than a traditional sit-down.
Colonel Sanders may evoke visions of deep fried chicken in a bucket, but KFC is hoping his brand clout will help woo a younger, burrito-loving crowd to an entirely new restaurant concept from KFC Canada.
The purveyor of the fat-engorged Double Down sandwich will debut its new banner, KFC Select, next month in Toronto, aimed at consumers drawn to fresher fast food fare from Subway and so-called “fast casual” chains like Mucho Burrito and Chipotle Mexican Grill.
The fast food business has completely changed over the past decade. Dominant chains like McDonald's and Burger King have lost market share to fast-casual options like Chipotle, Panera Bread, and Buffalo Wild Wings. This chart by Morgan Stanley shows which restaurants have become more and less popular over the past decade.