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Aquarium, the second-largest aquarium in the world with
more than 60 exhibits and 10 million gallons of fresh and
marine water, needs a sophisticated and unique way to
interact and engage with its visitors.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/grabbing-the-attention-of-atlantas-fans-of-the-aquatic-lgs-84-inch-ultra-hd-4k-display-and-55-inch-video-wall-enhance-exhibits-within-the-countrys-largest-aquarium/</guid></item><item><title>Which is better for your business: A mobile website or a mobile app? </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/which-is-better-for-your-business-a-mobile-website-or-a-mobile-app/</link><description>Millennials expect your website to have more than just your location, hours of operation and phone number; they want to see your menu, reviews, promotions and photos. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/which-is-better-for-your-business-a-mobile-website-or-a-mobile-app/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/07/06/0706d8d0-5a8c-4c75-bd5b-bcb04a8ecead/mobileappswikipedia.jpg__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Corner Bakery set to open first Idaho location</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/corner-bakery-cafe-set-to-open-first-idaho-location/</link><description>The restaurant is owned and operated by Ben Eramya of Feast Northwest LLC, which plans to open another cafe in Boise near the Boise Towne Square Mall early next year.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/corner-bakery-cafe-set-to-open-first-idaho-location/</guid></item><item><title>Zomato restaurant discovery service launches in Canada</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/zomato-restaurant-discovery-service-launches-in-canada/</link><description>Zomato plans to expand across Australia, Europe, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the Americas in the coming months.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/zomato-restaurant-discovery-service-launches-in-canada/</guid></item><item><title>Dickey's opens six new units</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/dickeys-opens-six-new-units/</link><description>Dickey's Barbecue Pit announced the openings of six new locations in Texas, New Mexico, California and Maryland.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/dickeys-opens-six-new-units/</guid></item><item><title>Planet Smoothie seeks Florida franchisees</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/planet-smoothie-seeks-florida-franchisees/</link><description>The company is looking for franchise partners to expand in the six Orlando areas, as well as Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Ocala and Lakeland.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/planet-smoothie-seeks-florida-franchisees/</guid></item><item><title>Mahana releases tool for mobile payment benchmarking</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/mahana-releases-tool-for-mobile-payment-benchmarking/</link><description>Restaurants can benchmark their implementation, use and acceptance of emerging mobile payment technologies against the industry using Mahana's Payment Experience Evaluation Report</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/mahana-releases-tool-for-mobile-payment-benchmarking/</guid></item><item><title>Uncle Maddio's inks first deal in the Northeast</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/uncle-maddios-inks-first-deal-in-the-northeast/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/uncle-maddios-inks-first-deal-in-the-northeast/</guid></item><item><title>Chipotle's strong showing demonstrates fast food 'out of touch' with consumers, says Ells</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/chipotles-strong-showing-demonstrates-fast-food-out-of-touch-with-consumers-says-ells/</link><description>The 20-something brand has demonstrated it can spend more on ingredients, charge a fair price and generate outstanding business results, the co-CEO says.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/chipotles-strong-showing-demonstrates-fast-food-out-of-touch-with-consumers-says-ells/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/1d/df/1ddf7c15-9ef8-43a4-a7a6-6fbf41e6a051/chipotle_brandon.jpg__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Top 100: People – Carlos Guerra, Giraffas</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/top-100/carlos-guerra-founder-of-giraffas-is-number-12-on-our-list-of-the-2014-fast-casual-top-100-movers-shakers-people/</link><description>Carlos Guerra, founder of Giraffas, is number 12 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers &amp; 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But will margins be high enough to make it worth it?</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/tea-craft-soda-beer-bubbling-up-in-beverage-trends/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/64/45/64451385-dd75-43fb-9f90-5b673f9badb5/beverages.jpg__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Panera, Chipotle set sustainability standards by starting small, thinking big</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/panera-chipotle-set-sustainability-standards-by-starting-small-thinking-big/</link><description>The biggest opportunities to save come with packaging and waste initiatives. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/panera-chipotle-set-sustainability-standards-by-starting-small-thinking-big/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/07/4e/074e2866-7c25-4d6b-82af-de0df972a22a/chiipotlesustainablefield.jpg__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>5 steps for keeping your restaurant from getting ICE'd</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/5-steps-for-keeping-your-company-from-getting-iced/</link><description>The US government has stepped up its immigration enforcement efforts in recent years, and all employers -- not just large ones, or ones that employ non-citizens -- are at risk of failing an audit.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/5-steps-for-keeping-your-company-from-getting-iced/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/be/b5/beb5a195-46f8-4508-8b1b-76b8c2b59c82/avoid-getting-iced.gif__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Modmarket continues Lone Star expansion</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/modmarket-continues-lone-star-expansion/</link><description>Modmarket anticipates opening two additional Texas locations in Q1 2015.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/modmarket-continues-lone-star-expansion/</guid></item><item><title>Restaurant group applauds President Obama's payment security executive order </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/restaurant-group-applauds-president-obamas-payment-security-executive-order/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/restaurant-group-applauds-president-obamas-payment-security-executive-order/</guid></item><item><title>Firebirds Wood Fired Grill opens 35th location </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/firebirds-wood-fired-grill-opens-35th-location/</link><description>To celebrate the 35th location, Firebirds will offer a $10 Gift to You card with every $50 gift card purchase. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/firebirds-wood-fired-grill-opens-35th-location/</guid></item><item><title>Lavu iPad POS partners with Staples for restaurant bundle availability </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/lavu-ipad-pos-partners-with-staples-for-restaurant-bundle-availability/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/lavu-ipad-pos-partners-with-staples-for-restaurant-bundle-availability/</guid></item><item><title>Mediterranean Brands receives foodservice innovation award</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/mediterranean-brands-receives-foodservice-innovation-award/</link><description>Falafel Scoop and Go was awarded third place finish in the foodservice category at the Prepared Foods- New Products Conference.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/mediterranean-brands-receives-foodservice-innovation-award/</guid></item><item><title>Foodies on the move</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/photos/foodies-on-the-move/</link><description>The food tour was part of the annual Fast Casual Executive Summit.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/photos/foodies-on-the-move/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/55/9d/559d127d-7346-4f20-9791-324293007553/tour-bus-cover.gif__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Holiday Hiring Infographic</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/holiday-hiring-infographic/</link><description>Overall 2014 holiday hiring levels are expected to exceed last year’s. Snagajob surveyed over 1,009 U.S. employers to learn more about their holiday hiring process. Discover their hiring strategies including how much they are willing to pay employees per hour and tools being used to help find the right people. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/holiday-hiring-infographic/</guid></item><item><title>Industry trends: Consumers will spend more for transparency, authenticity, safety</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/industry-trends-consumers-will-spend-more-for-transparency-authenticity-safety/</link><description>Watch for menu trends at airport bars and lounges, Hollywood and convenience stores. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/industry-trends-consumers-will-spend-more-for-transparency-authenticity-safety/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/15/32/1532a19c-d756-4d33-80bb-db11d0707efa/betsy_suzy_keynote_slide.jpg__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Fast-paced technology changes highlighted in annual Fast Casual State of the Industry report </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/fast-paced-technology-changes-highlighted-in-annual-fast-casual-state-of-the-industry-report/</link><description>Restaurant operators are paying their employees more now than they were last year.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/fast-paced-technology-changes-highlighted-in-annual-fast-casual-state-of-the-industry-report/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/user_avatars/alicia_kelso.jpg.300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Starbucks set to roll out mobile ordering in 2015</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/starbucks-set-to-roll-out-mobile-pay-in-2015/</link><description>Starbucks will roll out mobile order and pay across the US in 2015, according to a statement for the coffee giant. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/starbucks-set-to-roll-out-mobile-pay-in-2015/</guid></item><item><title>Pay increases, dress code updates in the works for Starbucks partners</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/pay-increases-dress-code-updates-in-the-works-for-starbucks-partners/</link><description>In a letter to Starbucks partners in the US, COO Troy Alstead outlined a number of personnel policy updates and perks that will take effect over the next several months.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/pay-increases-dress-code-updates-in-the-works-for-starbucks-partners/</guid></item><item><title>Jamba Juice, Hamilton Beach enter licensing agreement</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/jamba-juice-hamilton-beach-enter-licensing-agreement/</link><description>Hamilton Beach will develop, market and sell Jamba Juice appliances at select retailers throughout the United States and Canada.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/jamba-juice-hamilton-beach-enter-licensing-agreement/</guid></item><item><title>Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill raising money to send cancer survivors to camp</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/garbanzo-mediterranean-grill-raising-money-to-send-cancer-survivors-to-camp/</link><description>Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill will use donations from its "Garbanzo Bean Day" to send young adult cancer survivors to First Descents outdoor adventure programs.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/garbanzo-mediterranean-grill-raising-money-to-send-cancer-survivors-to-camp/</guid></item><item><title>Vegas Five Guys first to offer shakes on West Coast</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/vegas-five-guys-first-to-offer-shakes-on-west-coast/</link><description>The shakes are built on a vanilla base with 10 different mix-ins. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/vegas-five-guys-first-to-offer-shakes-on-west-coast/</guid></item><item><title>Chipotle expands vegan offering throughout South, Southeast</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/chipotle-expands-vegan-offering-throughout-south-southeast/</link><description>Sofritas will become a permanent menu item in all US Chipotle restaurants by the end of the year.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/chipotle-expands-vegan-offering-throughout-south-southeast/</guid></item><item><title>BurgerFi debuts 'Cereal Killer' frozen dessert</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/burgerfi-debuts-cereal-killer-frozen-dessert/</link><description>The Cereal Killer will feature chocolate custard, chocolate chips and chocolate cereal, raspberry sauce and candy corns, and will sell for $5.57.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/burgerfi-debuts-cereal-killer-frozen-dessert/</guid></item><item><title>Is it time for a mobile site? Check for yourself in Google Analytics</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/is-it-time-for-a-mobile-site-check-for-yourself-in-google-analytics/</link><description>Sixty-one percent of mobile users will simply leave a website that is not optimized for viewing on their device and will move on to competition.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/is-it-time-for-a-mobile-site-check-for-yourself-in-google-analytics/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/f7/1e/f71ee9b5-f019-4657-a02c-a8f4153f6a45/mistablogchart.gif__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>NCR mobile POS adds remote pay, order ahead with Apple Pay support</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/ncr-mobile-pos-adds-remote-pay-order-ahead-with-apple-pay-support/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/ncr-mobile-pos-adds-remote-pay-order-ahead-with-apple-pay-support/</guid></item><item><title>Visa, Chase add Apple Pay capabilities for merchants, customers</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/visa-chase-add-apple-pay-capabilities-for-merchants-customers/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/visa-chase-add-apple-pay-capabilities-for-merchants-customers/</guid></item><item><title>Nine keys for driving speed of service</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/nine-keys-for-driving-speed-of-service/</link><description>Restaurants can become victims of their own success when high volume slows down service. Check out these tips for satisfying the need for speed.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/nine-keys-for-driving-speed-of-service/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/03/7e/037e0fc3-3cc7-4a7d-8fc7-99fd4374d751/racecar-bixaby-jingoba.jpg__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Top 100: People – Randy Gier, Pie Five Pizza Company </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/top-100/top-100-people-randy-gier-pie-five-pizza-company/</link><description>Randy Gier, CEO of Pizza Holdings Inc., is number 13 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers &amp; Shakers: People.  </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/top-100/top-100-people-randy-gier-pie-five-pizza-company/</guid></item><item><title>Firehouse CEO: Restaurant industry dealing with unprecedented headwinds </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/firehouse-ceo-restaurant-industry-dealing-with-unprecedented-headwinds/</link><description>Union activism, food costs, data breaches and minimum wage debates are just part of the 'external factors' facing restaurant operators. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/firehouse-ceo-restaurant-industry-dealing-with-unprecedented-headwinds/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/66/80/66800f40-fb50-425c-a238-99c4c5ec4a53/don_fox.jpg__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>A case for produce management</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/a-case-for-produce-management/</link><description>Produce is hard to benchmark what you should be paying on a regular basis because there is no regularity to the product category.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/a-case-for-produce-management/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/user_avatars/JonKrebs300x170.png.300x170_q85_crop.png" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Uncle Maddio's raises funds for breast cancer programs </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/uncle-maddios-raises-funds-for-breast-cancer-programs/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/uncle-maddios-raises-funds-for-breast-cancer-programs/</guid></item><item><title>Ice cream sandwich concept headed to Cupertino, other California markets</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/ice-cream-sandwich-concept-headed-to-cupertino-other-california-markets/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/ice-cream-sandwich-concept-headed-to-cupertino-other-california-markets/</guid></item><item><title>Virtual Next partners up with Vantage Analytics</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/virtual-next-partners-up-with-vantage-analytics/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/virtual-next-partners-up-with-vantage-analytics/</guid></item><item><title>Revention POS integrates with HotSchedules </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/revention-pos-integrates-with-hotschedules/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/revention-pos-integrates-with-hotschedules/</guid></item><item><title>Midsized business owners cite government regulations as top concern </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/midsized-business-owners-cite-government-regulations-as-top-concern/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/midsized-business-owners-cite-government-regulations-as-top-concern/</guid></item><item><title>Amsterdam Falafelshop opens first Northern Virginia unit</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/amsterdam-falafelshop-opens-first-northern-virginia-unit/</link><description>Amsterdam Falafelshop is also seeking to expand in markets including Baltimore; Atlanta; the Carolinas; Miami; Tampa; New York; Philadelphia; Richmond, Virginia; Chicago; Ohio, and other major metro markets in Texas.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/amsterdam-falafelshop-opens-first-northern-virginia-unit/</guid></item><item><title>Pincho Factory launches franchise efforts</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/pincho-factory-launches-franchise-efforts/</link><description>Miami burger concept Pincho Factory hopes to pioneer a streamlined, transparent franchising process.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/pincho-factory-launches-franchise-efforts/</guid></item><item><title>Lee's Sandwiches plants its flag in Oregon</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/lees-plants-its-flag-in-oregon/</link><description>The latest Lee's Sandwiches has a full bread baking equipment line and the capacity to serve additional stores when they open.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/lees-plants-its-flag-in-oregon/</guid></item><item><title>Fast casual execs weigh successes and failures of QSR segment</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/fast-casual-execs-weigh-successes-and-failures-of-qsr-segment-2/</link><description>Despite a few notable bright spots -- Wendy's, Domino's -- most observers agree that the QSR segment is in trouble. What are the lessons and opportunities for the fast casual segment?
</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/fast-casual-execs-weigh-successes-and-failures-of-qsr-segment-2/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/1e/32/1e3241ea-5536-4c70-a365-83c3806d2523/successfailure.jpg__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Live Webinar: There's more to mobile payments than payments: engaging your customers in the age of the new mobile wallet</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/live-webinar-theres-more-to-mobile-payments-than-payments-engaging-your-customers-in-the-age-of-the-new-mobile-wallet/</link><description>Date:Tue, Nov 4, 2014 | Time :02:00 PM EST | Duration:1 hour The shift to mobile payments is underway, especially now that Apple is encouraging customers to pull out their smartphones instead of their old leather wallets every time they pay. 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quarter.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/huhot-franchisee-donates-34k-to-military-support-charity/</guid></item><item><title>Braddah's opens 3rd location, wins award</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/braddahs-opens-3rd-location-wins-award/</link><description>Braddah's Pumpkin Bark took "Most Creative Bite" at 94.1FM's (Mix / CBS Radio) "Bite of Las Vegas 2014."</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/braddahs-opens-3rd-location-wins-award/</guid></item><item><title>Top 100: People – Frank Paci</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/top-100/top-100-people-frank-paci-mcalisters-deli/</link><description>Frank Paci is number 14 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers &amp; Shakers: People.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/top-100/top-100-people-frank-paci-mcalisters-deli/</guid></item><item><title>Blaze Pizza opening at Univ. of Maryland </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/blaze-pizza-opening-at-univ-of-maryland/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/blaze-pizza-opening-at-univ-of-maryland/</guid></item><item><title>OpenTable’s pay feature extends to DC metro area</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/opentables-pay-feature-extends-to-dc-metro-area/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/opentables-pay-feature-extends-to-dc-metro-area/</guid></item><item><title>Restaurant Finance Monitor’s finance and development conference headed to Vegas</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/restaurant-finance-monitors-finance-and-development-conference-headed-to-vegas/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/restaurant-finance-monitors-finance-and-development-conference-headed-to-vegas/</guid></item><item><title>SpeedLine launches LiveMaps feature for delivery software</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/speedline-launches-livemaps-feature-for-delivery-software/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/speedline-launches-livemaps-feature-for-delivery-software/</guid></item><item><title>Long Range Systems adds new chief revenue officer </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/long-range-systems-adds-new-chief-revenue-officer/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/long-range-systems-adds-new-chief-revenue-officer/</guid></item><item><title>Demand for breaded chicken sandwiches on the rise</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/demand-for-breaded-chicken-sandwiches-on-the-rise/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/demand-for-breaded-chicken-sandwiches-on-the-rise/</guid></item><item><title>Earl of Sandwich CEO Heeley makes jump to Veggie Grill</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/earl-of-sandwich-ceo-heeley-makes-jump-to-veggie-grill/</link><description>Heeley has also served in top posts at Au Bon Pain and Baja Fresh.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/earl-of-sandwich-ceo-heeley-makes-jump-to-veggie-grill/</guid></item><item><title>Potbelly breaking into Nebraska</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/potbelly-breaking-into-nebraska/</link><description>Potbelly Sandwich Shop announced its first unit in Nebraska will open in November.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/potbelly-breaking-into-nebraska/</guid></item><item><title>Planet Smoothie seeking area developer for Atlanta market </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/planet-smoothie-seeking-area-developer-for-atlanta-market/</link><description>The area developer will support the efforts of existing franchisees and will also help educate people interested in opening franchises, in exchange for a percentage of franchise and royalty fees.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/planet-smoothie-seeking-area-developer-for-atlanta-market/</guid></item><item><title>Italian concept with South American roots lands in Florida</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/italian-concept-with-south-american-roots-lands-in-florida/</link><description>Spoleto, a chain of Italian restaurants in Brazil, Mexico and Costa Rica, will open in Orlando in January.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/italian-concept-with-south-american-roots-lands-in-florida/</guid></item><item><title>Taking the ambiguity out of local marketing strategies </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/taking-the-ambiguity-out-of-local-marketing-strategies/</link><description>HuHot's VP of Marketing shares how to get franchisees to weigh in on marketing decisions, and how to blend corporate standards with local store marketing techniques. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/taking-the-ambiguity-out-of-local-marketing-strategies/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/user_avatars/NateRiggs300x170.png.300x170_q85_crop.png" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Mama Fu's Black Market Menu released</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/mama-fus-black-market-menu-released/</link><description>Chefs compete to get their items featured on the Black Market Menu, which often leads to a spot on the brand's core menu.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/mama-fus-black-market-menu-released/</guid></item><item><title>Bowl of Heaven celebrates 4th anniversary with free acai bowls</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/bowl-of-heaven-celebrates-4th-anniversary-with-free-acai-bowls/</link><description>Also samples new smoothie offerings and offers discounts on special Maq7 juice blend.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/bowl-of-heaven-celebrates-4th-anniversary-with-free-acai-bowls/</guid></item><item><title>Pie Five Pizza encourages paying it forward with #pieitforward campaign</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/pie-five-pizza-encourages-paying-it-forward-with-pieitforward-campaign/</link><description>To celebrate National Pizza Month fast casual pizza brand Pie Five Pizza has kicked off the Pie It Forward campaign that surprises one guest at each location with a free pizza every day in October.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/pie-five-pizza-encourages-paying-it-forward-with-pieitforward-campaign/</guid></item><item><title>Fresh To Order continues growth in Atlanta market</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/fresh-to-order-continues-growth-in-atlanta-market/</link><description>Restaurant opens in Decatur, Georgia.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/fresh-to-order-continues-growth-in-atlanta-market/</guid></item><item><title>McAlister's Deli returns seasonal favorites</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/mcalisters-deli-returns-seasonal-favorites/</link><description>Turkey Cranberry Griller and Salad available through December 28.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/mcalisters-deli-returns-seasonal-favorites/</guid></item><item><title>Fazoli's salutes Franchisee and Supplier of the Year</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/fazolis-salutes-franchisee-and-supplier-of-the-year/</link><description>Texas-based PastaQuik and Southern Bakeries are recognized for achievements.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/fazolis-salutes-franchisee-and-supplier-of-the-year/</guid></item><item><title>Johnny Rockets opens second restaurant in Honduras</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/johnny-rockets-opens-second-restaurant-in-honduras/</link><description>Expands reach to San Pedro Sula, increases chain's Central American footprint.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/johnny-rockets-opens-second-restaurant-in-honduras/</guid></item><item><title>Top 100: People – Geoff Alexander, Wow Bao</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/top-100/top-100-people-geoff-alexander-wow-bao/</link><description>Geoff Alexander, EVP of the Wow Bao Division for Lettuce Entertain You, is number 15 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers &amp; Shakers: People.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/top-100/top-100-people-geoff-alexander-wow-bao/</guid></item><item><title>Deliver more than food; deliver an experience</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/deliver-more-than-food-deliver-an-experience/</link><description>Lean on your supply chain partners to innovate for you; they have resources and answers.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/deliver-more-than-food-deliver-an-experience/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/user_avatars/Erle-Dardick_300x170.jpg.300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>If you build it, they won't come</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/if-you-build-it-they-wont-come-2/</link><description>Having a website, an app and/or social media accounts isn't enough. Brands must plan to engage customers if they want to build loyalty and convert sales.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/if-you-build-it-they-wont-come-2/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/20/1b/201b3ed1-3775-467f-81f5-73f5abf6eadb/personatcomputercreativecommons.jpg__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Boston catering concierge secures $300K VC Investment</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/boston-catering-concierge-secures-300000-vc-investment/</link><description>The funding will help Phoodeez, a corporate catering concierge that works with more than 40 local restaurants and food trucks, reach more customers.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/boston-catering-concierge-secures-300000-vc-investment/</guid></item><item><title>The Habit Burger Grill launches French Onion Charburger</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/the-habit-burger-grill-launches-french-onion-charburger/</link><description>The burger, a take on the flavor of French onion soup, will be available through Nov. 17.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/the-habit-burger-grill-launches-french-onion-charburger/</guid></item><item><title>Capriotti's Sandwich Shop opens flagship unit in Vegas area</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/capriottis-sandwich-shop-opens-flagship-unit-in-vegas-area/</link><description>The flagship store is the Nevada-based chain's 33rd unit in the Las Vegas area.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/capriottis-sandwich-shop-opens-flagship-unit-in-vegas-area/</guid></item><item><title>Latest SpenDifference study to forecast 2015 restaurant menu prices  </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/latest-spendifference-study-to-forecast-2015-restaurant-menu-prices/</link><description>Participants will be entered in a drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card and will receive a complimentary copy of the findings.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/latest-spendifference-study-to-forecast-2015-restaurant-menu-prices/</guid></item><item><title>International franchising accelerates for top brands</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/international-franchising-accelerates-for-top-brands/</link><description>Franchise Times has published its annual Top 200 list and, once again this year, QSRs dominate the top 10. The top five franchises include McDonald’s, 7-Eleven, KFC, Subway and Burger King, respectively.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/international-franchising-accelerates-for-top-brands/</guid></item><item><title>Genghis Grill featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/ghengis-grill-featured-on-healthydiningfindercom/</link><description>The stir fry chain also released a video testimonial series on YouTube featuring athletes and their favorite Genghis Grill dishes.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/ghengis-grill-featured-on-healthydiningfindercom/</guid></item><item><title>Top 100: People – Charlie Morrison, Wingstop </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/top-100/top-100-people-charlie-morrison-wingstop/</link><description>Charlie Morrison, president and CEO of Wingstop, is number 16 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers &amp; Shakers: People.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/top-100/top-100-people-charlie-morrison-wingstop/</guid></item><item><title>Apple Pay to lead the way in customer loyalty</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/apple-pay-to-lead-the-way-in-customer-loyalty/</link><description>By the end of 2015, it’s expected nearly every retailer will have NFC readers.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/apple-pay-to-lead-the-way-in-customer-loyalty/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/user_avatars/JitendraGupta300x170.png.300x170_q85_crop.png" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Startup aimed at helping restaurants pay suppliers on single platform </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/startup-aimed-at-helping-restaurants-pay-suppliers-on-single-platform/</link><description>Sourcery, a San Francisco-based startup that helps restaurants, caterers and corporate kitchens to order and pay for food from local suppliers on a single platform, raised $2.5 million in seed funding from angel investors.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/startup-aimed-at-helping-restaurants-pay-suppliers-on-single-platform/</guid></item><item><title>Garden Fresh names Krueger Communications agency of record</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/garden-fresh-names-krueger-communications-agency-of-record/</link><description>Krueger will handle print, radio, and TV responsibilities as well as serving as a key strategic partner.
</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/garden-fresh-names-krueger-communications-agency-of-record/</guid></item><item><title>Dash mobile payment app debuts in Chicago</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/dash-mobile-payment-app-debuts-in-chicago/</link><description>Customers use the Dash app to pay their bill, split checks, tip and more, using the credit card stored in the app. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/dash-mobile-payment-app-debuts-in-chicago/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/ac/39/ac39dcdd-736c-4b56-967b-1d9e01627a97/dash-2-small.png__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Top 100: People – Rich Hicks, MOOYAH Burgers, Fries &amp; Shakes </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/top-100/top-100-people-rich-hicks-mooyah-burgers-fries-shakes/</link><description>Rich Hicks, founder of MOOYAH Burgers, Fries &amp; Shakes, is number 17 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers &amp; Shakers: People.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/top-100/top-100-people-rich-hicks-mooyah-burgers-fries-shakes/</guid></item><item><title>Johnny Rockets launches in Singapore</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/johnny-rockets-launches-in-singapore/</link><description>Johnny Rockets currently has partners across the region, including the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, and it's eyeing Vietnam, Thailand and China next.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/johnny-rockets-launches-in-singapore/</guid></item><item><title>Pressed Juicery juices up fall menu, adds new units</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/pressed-juicery-juices-up-fall-menu-adds-new-units/</link><description>Pressed Juicery announced several additional to its fall menu, and several new units opening this year in Northern and Southern California.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/pressed-juicery-juices-up-fall-menu-adds-new-units/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/f3/21/f3215626-e44e-427a-ae38-bd7021111e33/pj-new-beverages.jpg__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Corner Bakery Café recognized for sustainability efforts</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/corner-bakery-cafe-recognized-for-sustainability-efforts/</link><description>Each Corner Bakery Cafe uses, on average, 14.5-percent less energy and saves more than 52,000 kilowatt hours a year, equal to eliminating over 80,000 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/corner-bakery-cafe-recognized-for-sustainability-efforts/</guid></item><item><title>How your mobile payment app can cost you customers and ding your reputation</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/how-your-mobile-payment-app-can-cost-you-customers-and-ding-your-reputation/</link><description>Without a thoughtful approach to user experience, staff training and enticing loyalty incentives, brand apps are doomed to failure.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/how-your-mobile-payment-app-can-cost-you-customers-and-ding-your-reputation/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/cf/ab/cfabcfaf-ce1f-4c71-94d7-4f819bd69e0c/broken-iphone.jpg__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill expands gyro selection to include any protein</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/garbanzo-mediterranean-grill-expands-gyro-selection-to-include-any-protein/</link><description>Gyros can now be ordered with any Garbanzo protein, including chicken, steak, falafel, Portobello mushroom, and traditional gyro meat. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/garbanzo-mediterranean-grill-expands-gyro-selection-to-include-any-protein/</guid></item><item><title>Square Order testing proximity tagging for line-busting ordering feature</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/square-order-testing-proximity-tagging-for-line-busting-ordering-feature/</link><description>Customers can pre-order menu item, and when they are within a zone timed to food and beverage preparation, a 'proximity tag' is triggered alerting the restaurant to start prepping.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/square-order-testing-proximity-tagging-for-line-busting-ordering-feature/</guid></item><item><title>International franchising group names COO</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/international-franchising-group-names-coo/</link><description>Michelle McClurg will oversee the company's day-to-day operations of Edwards Global Service's executives and associates in 32 countries.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/international-franchising-group-names-coo/</guid></item><item><title>Webinar will help operators hone listening skills</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/webinar-will-help-operators-hone-listening-skills/</link><description>Customers send messages about brands every day, but few businesses are prepared to listen and act upon them.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/webinar-will-help-operators-hone-listening-skills/</guid></item><item><title>Einstein Bros. adds two new chicken sandwiches</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/einstein-bros-adds-two-new-chicken-sandwiches/</link><description>Einstein Noah Restaurant Group recently announced the launch of the Bavarian Chicken Sandwich and Napa Valley Chicken Sandwich now available at Einstein Bros. Bagels and Noah's New York Bagels locations nationwide.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/einstein-bros-adds-two-new-chicken-sandwiches/</guid></item><item><title>Chipotle sponsoring 100 school gardens through partnership</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/chipotle-sponsoring-100-school-gardens-through-partnership/</link><description>The effort will focus on creating or supporting 100 school gardens in Austin, Texas; Boston; Dallas; Denver; Long Island/northern New Jersey; Louisville, Kentucky; Miami; Orange County, California; Phoenix and San Diego.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/chipotle-sponsoring-100-school-gardens-through-partnership/</guid></item><item><title>bd's Mongolian Grill updates fall menu</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/bds-mongolian-grill-updates-fall-menu/</link><description>bd's Mongolian Grill announced the addition of seasonal items to its fall menu.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/bds-mongolian-grill-updates-fall-menu/</guid></item><item><title>Dickey's opening three new units this week</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/dickeys-opening-three-new-units-this-week/</link><description>Dickey's will open three new units in California, Georgia and Indiana on Oct. 9.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/dickeys-opening-three-new-units-this-week/</guid></item><item><title>El Paso Fuddruckers reopening under company ownership</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/el-paso-fuddruckers-reopening-under-company-ownership/</link><description>The 7,500-square-foot fast casual restaurant at 5030 North Desert Blvd., which has been closed since January 2014, will be unveiled on Oct. 14, with decor, system and service updates</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/el-paso-fuddruckers-reopening-under-company-ownership/</guid></item><item><title>California Tortilla rolls out (or rolls up?) Cheeseburger Burrito</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/california-tortilla-rolls-out-or-rolls-up-cheeseburger-burrito/</link><description>The Cheeseburger Burrito features ground beef, sliced avocado, salsa, California Screamin’ sauce, Romaine lettuce, jalapeños, Mexican rice and queso, rolled up in a flour tortilla.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/california-tortilla-rolls-out-or-rolls-up-cheeseburger-burrito/</guid></item><item><title>KKR invests In Lemonade Restaurant Group</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/kkr-invests-in-lemonade-restaurant-group/</link><description>Lemonade Restaurant Group announced that it has partnered with leading global investment firm KKR to fund expansion plans. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/kkr-invests-in-lemonade-restaurant-group/</guid></item><item><title>Zaxby's rolls out Game Day Fillet Sandwich Meal LTO</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/zaxbys-rolls-out-game-day-fillet-sandwich-meal-lto/</link><description>Zaxby's is rolling out the Game Day Fillet Sandwich Meal through Jan. 4. It has partnered with Detroit Lions all-star receiver Calvin Johnson to promote the new limited-time menu item.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/zaxbys-rolls-out-game-day-fillet-sandwich-meal-lto/</guid></item><item><title>Moe's Southwest Grill set to open first Vegas unit</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/moes-southwest-grill-set-to-open-first-vegas-unit/</link><description>The Las Vegas location is the first in an eight-location development deal. A second location is expected to open late November.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/moes-southwest-grill-set-to-open-first-vegas-unit/</guid></item><item><title>Snappy Salads hosting e-waste recycling roundup</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/snappy-salads-hosting-e-waste-recycling-roundup/</link><description>Snappy Salads will recycle all electronic items (anything with an on/off switch) dropped off at any of their  six locations during drop off times.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/snappy-salads-hosting-e-waste-recycling-roundup/</guid></item><item><title>Restaurants shave 12% off new menu item calorie counts</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/restaurants-shave-12-off-new-menu-item-calorie-counts/</link><description>The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health documented an average decline of about 60 calories in new menu items in 2013, compared to 2012.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/restaurants-shave-12-off-new-menu-item-calorie-counts/</guid></item><item><title>Employee incentive app named New Product of the Year</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/employee-incentive-app-named-new-product-of-the-year/</link><description>The app is designed to boost low participation in workplace contests by making the correlation between improved performance and higher compensation visible.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/employee-incentive-app-named-new-product-of-the-year/</guid></item><item><title>Revel Systems earns recognition for iPad POS</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/revel-systems-earns-recognition-for-ipad-pos/</link><description>Top Ten REVIEWS compared after-purchase care, software features, terminals and peripherals, payment processing and additional features for 11 iPad POS systems. Revel came out on top with a 9.63 rating out of 10.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/revel-systems-earns-recognition-for-ipad-pos/</guid></item><item><title>When it comes to wage protests, do hourly job seekers really care? </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/when-it-comes-to-wage-protests-do-hourly-job-seekers-really-care/</link><description>Job seekers ages 45-54 years old had the strongest opinion of the impact of wage protests. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/when-it-comes-to-wage-protests-do-hourly-job-seekers-really-care/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/user_avatars/JasonHamilton300x170.png.300x170_q85_crop.png" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Heartland Payment Systems hosting CEO roundtable at Fast Casual Exec Summit</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/heartland-payment-systems-hosting-ceo-roundtable-at-fast-casual-exec-summit/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/heartland-payment-systems-hosting-ceo-roundtable-at-fast-casual-exec-summit/</guid></item><item><title>DIY Restaurant Group launches franchising</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/diy-restaurant-group-launches-franchising/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/diy-restaurant-group-launches-franchising/</guid></item><item><title>EarthLink launches PCI Compliance Solutions Suite</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/earthlink-launches-pci-compliance-solutions-suite/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/earthlink-launches-pci-compliance-solutions-suite/</guid></item><item><title>WorkPlace Impact adds restaurant brands to portfolio</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/workplace-impact-adds-restaurant-brands-to-portfolio/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/workplace-impact-adds-restaurant-brands-to-portfolio/</guid></item><item><title>Some LA area eateries adding 3% surcharge to cover insurance costs</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/some-la-area-eateries-adding-3-surcharge-to-cover-insurance-costs/</link><description>The restaurant owners say the surcharge isn't meant to make a political point, but is simply a way to cover the cost of healthcare for employees while negotiating razor-thin profit margins.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/some-la-area-eateries-adding-3-surcharge-to-cover-insurance-costs/</guid></item><item><title>Juice It Up! refreshes menu</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/juice-it-up-refreshes-menu/</link><description>Updates include new menu items and new menu boards system-wide.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/juice-it-up-refreshes-menu/</guid></item><item><title>Henny Penny announces leadership and structural changes</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/henny-penny-announces-leadership-and-structural-changes/</link><description>Henny Penny has announced several leadership changes and an organizational restructuring.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/henny-penny-announces-leadership-and-structural-changes/</guid></item><item><title>1,000 Starbucks partners enroll in college classes through partnership</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/1000-starbucks-partners-enroll-in-college-classes-through-partnership-2/</link><description>Starbucks partnered with Arizona State University for its College Achievement Plan, which will help learners earn their bachelor's degrees.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/1000-starbucks-partners-enroll-in-college-classes-through-partnership-2/</guid></item><item><title>Caribou Coffee teams up with yarnbombing artist for 'Arch of Hope'</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/caribou-coffee-teams-up-with-yarnbombing-artist-for-arch-of-hope/</link><description>The 60-foot arch, constructed from 14 shades of pink yarn, will remain on display throughout October in honor of cancer patients and families.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/caribou-coffee-teams-up-with-yarnbombing-artist-for-arch-of-hope/</guid></item><item><title>Is it possible to deliver fine dining experience for $10?</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/is-it-possible-to-deliver-fine-dining-sensibility-for-10/</link><description>Frank Klein, CEO of Asian Box, thinks it's possible. The Asian concept sources sustainable ingredients, makes its own sauces and butchers its own meat.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/is-it-possible-to-deliver-fine-dining-sensibility-for-10/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/3c/fd/3cfd2135-48a2-44bf-88ac-9ac2e8a89a43/asianbox-webart.jpg__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Top 100: People – Amit Kleinberger, Menchie's</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/top-100/top-100-people-amit-kleinberger-menchies/</link><description>Amit Kleinberger, CEO of Menchies, is number 18 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers &amp; Shakers: People.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/top-100/top-100-people-amit-kleinberger-menchies/</guid></item><item><title>Kolache Factory opens first San Antonio store</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/kolache-factory-opens-first-san-antonio-store/</link><description>The new location will offer call-ahead and online ordering, a drive-thru and a full service coffee bar.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/kolache-factory-opens-first-san-antonio-store/</guid></item><item><title>Smoothie King posts 8.41% growth in Q3</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/smoothie-king-posts-841-growth-in-q3/</link><description>Smoothie King Franchises, Inc. reported same stores sales growth of 8.41 percent in Q3 and also inked 22 franchise deals that will lead to the development of 100 stores nationwide.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/smoothie-king-posts-841-growth-in-q3/</guid></item><item><title>Chipotle scares up Halloween costume promotion</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/chipotle-scares-up-halloween-costume-promotion/</link><description>Chipotle will offer $3 burritos, bowls, salads, tacos and kids meals to customers in costume on Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. until closing. Proceeds go to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/chipotle-scares-up-halloween-costume-promotion/</guid></item><item><title>Jamba Juice inks 35-unit master development agreement for Taiwan</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/jamba-juice-inks-35-unit-master-development-agreement-for-taiwan/</link><description>Jamba Juice now has 515 stores in the pipeline internationally, including South Korea, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Taiwan. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/jamba-juice-inks-35-unit-master-development-agreement-for-taiwan/</guid></item><item><title>Lavu iPad POS now accepts PayPal</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/lavu-ipad-pos-now-accepts-paypal/</link><description>Customers can pay for purchases using PayPal's mobile app.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/lavu-ipad-pos-now-accepts-paypal/</guid></item><item><title>Farmer Boys piles on the bacon bandwagon with two offerings</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/farmer-boys-piles-on-the-bacon-bandwagon-with-two-offerings/</link><description>Farmer Boys' offering capitalizes on bacon's popularity.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/farmer-boys-piles-on-the-bacon-bandwagon-with-two-offerings/</guid></item><item><title>McAlister's going big with new sandwich, catering options</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/mcalisters-going-big-with-new-sandwich-catering-options/</link><description>Offerings focus on bold flavors, larger portions.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/mcalisters-going-big-with-new-sandwich-catering-options/</guid></item><item><title>VERTSKEBAP expands Texas footprint</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/vertskebap-expands-texas-footprint/</link><description>The four new stores will bring the chain's total to 20 by the close of 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LTO.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/orange-leaf-rolls-out-the-cinnamon-for-new-lto/</guid></item><item><title>Fazoli's October promotions focus on bosses</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/fazolis-october-promotions-focus-on-bosses/</link><description>Fazoli's will focus on bosses during the month of October with two promotions: a "best boss" contest and free lunch for bosses on Oct. 16.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/fazolis-october-promotions-focus-on-bosses/</guid></item><item><title>Native Foods Café opens first East Coast unit</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/native-foods-cafe-opens-first-east-coast-unit/</link><description>Two more restaurants are scheduled to open in the Washington, DC area in the next few months.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/native-foods-cafe-opens-first-east-coast-unit/</guid></item><item><title>Starbucks, HBO teaming up for Veteran's Day 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paperwork.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/webinar-to-address-pitfalls-and-perils-of-i-9-compliance/</guid></item><item><title>Wixon Foodservice Group adds new beverage mixes</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/wixon-foodservice-group-adds-new-beverage-mixes/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/wixon-foodservice-group-adds-new-beverage-mixes/</guid></item><item><title>Tyson Food Service rolls out new burger line </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/tyson-food-service-rolls-out-new-burger-line/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/tyson-food-service-rolls-out-new-burger-line/</guid></item><item><title>TouchSuite launching EMV-compliant terminals</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/touchsuite-launching-emv-compliant-terminals/</link><description>Starting in October of 2015, merchants who do not have the equipment to support EMV-chip technology will be financially liable for 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customers</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/california-tortilla-offers-prize-drawing-just-for-catering-customers/</link><description>Customers who place catering orders of $200 or more will automatically be entered to win a weekly prize package and the grand prize.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/california-tortilla-offers-prize-drawing-just-for-catering-customers/</guid></item><item><title>Caplansky's Delicatessen opens two units in Toronto airport</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/caplanskys-delicatessen-opens-two-units-in-toronto-airport/</link><description>The deli is located in Terminal 3 and a second location, Caplansky's Snack Bar, will open later this year in Terminal 1.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/caplanskys-delicatessen-opens-two-units-in-toronto-airport/</guid></item><item><title>Potbelly Sandwich Shop opens first Arkansas 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The Triple Triple is a novelty menu item featuring nine burger patties, nine slices of American cheese, lettuce and tomato.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/california-woman-wins-wayback-burgers-eating-contest/</guid></item><item><title>Smoothie King expands presence in 'Show Me' state</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/smoothie-king-expands-presence-in-show-me-state/</link><description>New deal adds five more units to the 21 units Smoothie King already has in Missouri.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/smoothie-king-expands-presence-in-show-me-state/</guid></item><item><title>Schlotzsky's to give away Original sandwiches</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/schlotzskys-will-give-away-original-sandwiches/</link><description>Schlotzsky's will give away free small Original sandwiches with purchase of chips and medium drink.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/schlotzskys-will-give-away-original-sandwiches/</guid></item><item><title>Penn Station customers could score trip to the Super Bowl</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/penn-station-customers-could-score-trip-to-the-super-bowl/</link><description>Customers could win one of three Super Bowl prize packages.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/penn-station-customers-could-score-trip-to-the-super-bowl/</guid></item><item><title>Noodles &amp; Company launches 'Lucky Bowl' giveaway</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/noodles-company-launches-lucky-bowl-giveaway/</link><description>A 'Lucky Bowl' giveaway scratch off card will be included with the purchase of any entrée. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/noodles-company-launches-lucky-bowl-giveaway/</guid></item><item><title>Jamba Juice to raise money for breast cancer foundation</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/jamba-juice-to-raise-money-for-breast-cancer-foundation/</link><description>Through Oct. 19, the national in-store promotion will feature exclusive Pink Whirl cups and allow patrons the opportunity to donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/jamba-juice-to-raise-money-for-breast-cancer-foundation/</guid></item><item><title>Firehouse Subs aims to raise $500,000 for public safety equipment</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/firehouse-subs-aims-to-raise-500000-for-public-safety-equipment/</link><description>The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation purchases equipment for public safety organizations nationwide. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/firehouse-subs-aims-to-raise-500000-for-public-safety-equipment/</guid></item><item><title>Cava Grill to add three units in DC area before close of 2014</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/cava-grill-to-add-three-units-in-dc-area-before-close-of-2014/</link><description>Cava Grill will also expand in Virginia in early 2015.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/cava-grill-to-add-three-units-in-dc-area-before-close-of-2014/</guid></item><item><title>The world has gone mobile and you should, too</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/the-world-has-gone-mobile-and-why-you-should-too/</link><description>As of right now, about 15 percent of restaurants accept mobile payments, but this is expected to rise to 68 percent in 2015. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/the-world-has-gone-mobile-and-why-you-should-too/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/12/c8/12c8e73a-07ec-4b7d-978b-7c880d34d716/timhortonsmobilepayment.jpg__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>The Online Review Zombie Apocalypse</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/the-online-review-zombie-apocalypse/</link><description>The Foremost Guide for Online Review
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computer screens, but we’ve seen them
take on all sorts of forms. However you
decide to use them, our arsenal of VoC
weapons give you a fighting chance in
the apocalyptic, zombie-infested world
of online reviews.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/inmoment-weapons-catalog/</guid></item><item><title>Taco Cabana launches annual fundraiser for military veterans</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/taco-cabana-launches-annual-fundraiser-for-military-veterans/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/taco-cabana-launches-annual-fundraiser-for-military-veterans/</guid></item><item><title>Restaurant traffic, sales post solid gains in August </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/restaurant-traffic-sales-post-solid-gains-in-august/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/restaurant-traffic-sales-post-solid-gains-in-august/</guid></item><item><title>How mobile changes consumer behavior</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/videos/connectsummit14-how-mobile-changes-consumer-behavior/</link><description>When 82 percent of U.S. adults own smartphones, and 91 percent keep them with them at all times, a mobile strategy for retail becomes more important than ever.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/videos/connectsummit14-how-mobile-changes-consumer-behavior/</guid></item><item><title>From the Pros: 5 Companies With Loyalty Programs That Actually Work</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/from-the-pros-5-companies-with-loyalty-programs-that-actually-work/</link><description>We’ve all heard marketing strategists and brand managers wax poetic about the merits of Starbucks and Panera Bread when it comes to the loyalty game. Who’s making the biggest splash right now? Here, we take a look at five companies with their eyes on the prize.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/from-the-pros-5-companies-with-loyalty-programs-that-actually-work/</guid></item><item><title>Jersey Mike's CEO signs pledge to encourage a healthy workplace</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/jersey-mikes-ceo-signs-pledge-to-encourage-a-healthy-workplace/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/jersey-mikes-ceo-signs-pledge-to-encourage-a-healthy-workplace/</guid></item><item><title>Apple Pay's impact on restaurant loyalty marketing</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/apple-pays-impact-on-restaurant-loyalty-marketing/</link><description>Focusing on the creation of an experience that’s easy for the customer, instead of optimal for the brand, makes customers feel like VIPs. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/apple-pays-impact-on-restaurant-loyalty-marketing/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/71/6c/716c0b55-761f-43da-b39e-f7c76971529e/apple-pay-illus_1.png__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Starbucks, Dunkin' rank high for digital gifting experience</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/starbucks-dunkin-rank-high-for-digital-gifting-experience/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/starbucks-dunkin-rank-high-for-digital-gifting-experience/</guid></item><item><title>Healthy beverage category on pace for 8.6% growth in Middle East</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/healthy-beverage-category-on-pace-for-86-growth-in-middle-east/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/healthy-beverage-category-on-pace-for-86-growth-in-middle-east/</guid></item><item><title>Dunkin' customers consume the most Wi-Fi data in coffee category</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/dunkin-customers-consume-the-most-wifi-data-in-coffee-category/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/dunkin-customers-consume-the-most-wifi-data-in-coffee-category/</guid></item><item><title>McAlister's signs 10-unit deal for Middle Tennessee development</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/mcalisters-signs-10-unit-deal-for-middle-tennessee-development/</link><description>Deal will add to McAlister's three existing restaurants in the region.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/mcalisters-signs-10-unit-deal-for-middle-tennessee-development/</guid></item><item><title>Costa Vida launches into Georgia</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/costa-vida-launches-into-georgia/</link><description>The restaurant is owned by brothers Donald and Michael Williams, who have signed an area developer agreement for the state of Georgia. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/costa-vida-launches-into-georgia/</guid></item><item><title>Smoothie King adding two vegan smoothies to menu</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/smoothie-king-adding-two-vegan-smoothies-to-menu/</link><description>Interest in plant-based diets growing among all consumers, not just vegans, says Smoothie King CEO.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/smoothie-king-adding-two-vegan-smoothies-to-menu/</guid></item><item><title>Menchie's introduces color-changing cups, Harvest Pumpkin flavor </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/menchies-introduces-color-changing-cups-harvest-pumpkin-flavor/</link><description>The cups, which reveal hidden colors and designs when filled with frozen yogurt, will be available throughout the month of October..</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/menchies-introduces-color-changing-cups-harvest-pumpkin-flavor/</guid></item><item><title>Fazoli's adds cavatappi LTO </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/fazolis-adds-cavatappi-lto/</link><description>Signature Cheddar Alfredo Bakes mark the first time Fazoli's has featured cavatappi pasta in a menu item.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/fazolis-adds-cavatappi-lto/</guid></item><item><title>Wingstop appoints new CFO</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/wingstop-appoints-new-cfo/</link><description>Michael Mravle joins the company from Bloomin’ Brands, where he held several positions, including most recently group vice president of Financial Planning &amp; Analysis and US CFO.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/wingstop-appoints-new-cfo/</guid></item><item><title>Fatburger sponsoring Facebook 'Cook-Off'</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/fatburger-sponsoring-facebook-cook-off/</link><description>Fatburger is challenging its social media fans to build their own burger using Fatburger patties sold at Walmart and post results on Facebook. The best burger concept will win $10,000.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/fatburger-sponsoring-facebook-cook-off/</guid></item><item><title>Be Right Burger opens at Dulles</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/be-right-burger-opens-at-dulles/</link><description>The restaurant is operated by a joint venture between Concessions International and MBC Concessions. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/be-right-burger-opens-at-dulles/</guid></item><item><title>Dickey's opens near Travis AFB and in Vegas</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/dickeys-opens-near-travis-afb-and-in-vegas/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/dickeys-opens-near-travis-afb-and-in-vegas/</guid></item><item><title>Menchie's opens in North Point, Florida</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/menchies-opens-in-north-point-florida/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/menchies-opens-in-north-point-florida/</guid></item><item><title>Panera brings back Pink Ribbon Bagel for Breast Cancer Awareness Month</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/panera-brings-back-pink-ribbon-bagel-for-breast-cancer-awareness-month/</link><description>A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of each bagel, which are twisted into a ribbon shape, will be donated to breast cancer-related causes.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/panera-brings-back-pink-ribbon-bagel-for-breast-cancer-awareness-month/</guid></item><item><title>Fuddruckers opens second unit in North Dakota</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/fuddruckers-opens-second-unit-in-north-dakota/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/fuddruckers-opens-second-unit-in-north-dakota/</guid></item><item><title>JAB Holding Company affiliate to acquire Einstein Noah Restaurant Group for $374 million</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/jab-holding-company-affiliate-to-acquire-einstein-noah-restaurant-group-for-374-million/</link><description>An affiliate of JAB Holding Company will acquire Einstein Noah Restaurant Group for approximately $374 million.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/jab-holding-company-affiliate-to-acquire-einstein-noah-restaurant-group-for-374-million/</guid></item><item><title>Data breach extends beyond Jimmy John's to other restaurants</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/data-breach-extends-beyond-jimmy-johns-to-other-restaurants/</link><description>Data breach extended beyond 216 Jimmy John's restaurants to include 108 other restaurants.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/data-breach-extends-beyond-jimmy-johns-to-other-restaurants/</guid></item><item><title>GrubHub data reveals gender differences in takeout ordering patterns</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/grubhub-data-reveals-gender-difference-in-takeout-ordering-patterns/</link><description>The findings of a recent analysis of a year's worth of GrubHub data reveals differences in what, when and where men and women order takeout.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/grubhub-data-reveals-gender-difference-in-takeout-ordering-patterns/</guid></item><item><title>Corner Bakery Cafe marking World Smile Day with mug giveaway</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/corner-bakery-cafe-marking-world-smile-day-with-mug-giveaway/</link><description>Special promotion will feature a set of smiley face mugs for the first 50 guests; one to keep, one to share with a friend.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/corner-bakery-cafe-marking-world-smile-day-with-mug-giveaway/</guid></item><item><title>The Coffee Bean &amp; Tea Leaf connects with LA's train commuters for new partnership</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/the-coffee-bean-tea-leaf-connects-to-train-commuters-on-national-coffee-day/</link><description>The promotion at LA's Union Station included mystery offers, a special train car and decorations on the platforms.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/the-coffee-bean-tea-leaf-connects-to-train-commuters-on-national-coffee-day/</guid></item><item><title>Restaurant Association, UnitedHealthcare partner up for member discounts</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/restaurant-association-unitedhealthcare-partner-up-for-member-discounts/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/restaurant-association-unitedhealthcare-partner-up-for-member-discounts/</guid></item><item><title>Global foodservice trends driven by QSR segment performance </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/global-foodservice-trends-driven-by-qsr-segment-performance/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/global-foodservice-trends-driven-by-qsr-segment-performance/</guid></item><item><title>Food truck revenue expected to increase by 76% in next five years</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/food-truck-revenue-expected-to-increase-by-76-in-next-five-years/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/food-truck-revenue-expected-to-increase-by-76-in-next-five-years/</guid></item><item><title>Identifying best practices for restaurant site selection </title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/identifying-best-practices-for-restaurant-site-selection/</link><description>Getting boots on the ground to narrow down an ideal location is important. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/identifying-best-practices-for-restaurant-site-selection/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/a0/d8/a0d86fd1-0328-46f7-ac4e-dcb4000b76dd/realestatesitegeographuk.jpg__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Smoothie King adopts iPad POS systemwide</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/smoothie-king-adopts-ipad-pos-systemwide/</link><description>With more than 700 restaurants, Revel Systems says Smoothie King's iPad-based POS deployment is the largest to date.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/smoothie-king-adopts-ipad-pos-systemwide/</guid></item><item><title>WiFi and Mobility in Retail Stores</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/wifi-and-mobility-in-retail-stores/</link><description>Understanding how WiFi and Mobility affect a retail network</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/wifi-and-mobility-in-retail-stores/</guid></item><item><title>Targeting Small Retailers</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/targeting-small-retailers/</link><description>Why Mom &amp; Pop Locations Are at Risk and Why Cyber Thieves Focus on Them</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/targeting-small-retailers/</guid></item><item><title>Boost Security in 3 Areas to Thwart Malware and Hackers</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/boost-security-in-3-areas-to-thwart-malware-and-hackers/</link><description>Recent electronic intrusions in some of the most well-known retailers have caused business owners around the country to question
whether or not they are susceptible to cybercriminals, and what they can do to protect themselves. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/boost-security-in-3-areas-to-thwart-malware-and-hackers/</guid></item><item><title>Approved Software Does Not Equate to PCI Compliance</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/approved-software-does-not-equate-to-pci-compliance-2/</link><description>The four most vital actions to accelerate your network and credit card data security</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/approved-software-does-not-equate-to-pci-compliance-2/</guid></item><item><title>Smoothie King opens 700th store</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/smoothie-king-opens-700th-store/</link><description>Smoothie King plans to open more than 1,000 stores across the United States over the next 3 years.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/smoothie-king-opens-700th-store/</guid></item><item><title>Survey launched to track restaurant menu prices</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/survey-launched-to-track-restaurant-menu-prices/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/survey-launched-to-track-restaurant-menu-prices/</guid></item><item><title>Restaurant Technology Grader</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/restaurant-technology-grader/</link><description>Ask the right questions and get the answers you need to make better technology 
decisions for your restaurant. 
</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/restaurant-technology-grader/</guid></item><item><title>5 Easy Ways to Make Facebook Work for You</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/5-easy-ways-to-make-facebook-work-for-you/</link><description>Facebook is a powerful marketing tool, and with just a few minutes a week, you can use it to
create a profitable presence for your business.
Here are 5 quick tips for planning, executing and tracking your Facebook activity to turn
online fans into offline customers and drive growth for your business.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/5-easy-ways-to-make-facebook-work-for-you/</guid></item><item><title>Restaurant Resolutions Guide: 9 Ways to Grow Your Business in 2014</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/restaurant-resolutions-guide-9-ways-to-grow-your-business-in-2014/</link><description>The start of a new year is a great time to get a fresh perspective on your business, especially for restaurant owners and operators. As
you wrap up the busy holiday season, take some time to reflect and prepare to make the coming year a big one for your restaurant.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/restaurant-resolutions-guide-9-ways-to-grow-your-business-in-2014/</guid></item><item><title>Restaurant Loyalty the Easy Way</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/restaurant-loyalty-the-easy-way/</link><description>Loyal customers are the backbone of your business. Not only
do they provide a regular stream of revenue and generally
out-spend newer customers, they also return more often, and
serve as word-of-mouth marketers helping to build your reputation
among your community.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/restaurant-loyalty-the-easy-way/</guid></item><item><title>Learn to Love Online Reviews</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/learn-to-love-online-reviews/</link><description>Not all guests will jump online to give you
glowing reviews. But there are ways to
make it more likely that a positive customer
experience will become a great online
review. Here are
some ways to use online reviews (good or
bad) to your advantage.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/learn-to-love-online-reviews/</guid></item><item><title>Seasonal hiring outlook solid, according to survey</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/seasonal-hiring-outlook-solid-according-to-survey/</link><description>Eighty-nine percent of employers anticipate hiring the same number of seasonal workers as 2013, or perhaps more.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/seasonal-hiring-outlook-solid-according-to-survey/</guid></item><item><title>100 Montaditos debuts second New York City location</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/100-montaditos-debuts-second-new-york-city-location/</link><description>Spanish import specializes in montaditos, a stuffed bread roll.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/100-montaditos-debuts-second-new-york-city-location/</guid></item><item><title>Rubio's will update 60 units with coastal theme</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/rubios-will-update-60-units-with-coastal-theme/</link><description>Rubio's emphasizing coastal theme in restaurant redesign, rebranding.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/rubios-will-update-60-units-with-coastal-theme/</guid></item><item><title>Zoup! opening five units this fall</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/zoup-opening-five-units-this-fall/</link><description>Five new units opening this fall will bring the chain's count to 70 locations across the US and Canada.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/zoup-opening-five-units-this-fall/</guid></item><item><title>Zoyo breaks into Georgia</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/zoyo-breaks-into-georgia/</link><description>Franchisees Craig and Robin Kovel leaning into community marketing through partnerships with schools and sports leagues.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/zoyo-breaks-into-georgia/</guid></item><item><title>Dickey's opens in Natchitoches, Louisiana</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/dickeys-opens-in-natchitoches-louisiana/</link><description></description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/dickeys-opens-in-natchitoches-louisiana/</guid></item><item><title>Loyalty Marketing: Simple, Powerful, Trackable</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/loyalty-marketing-simple-powerful-trackable/</link><description>How The Plant Cafe Launched a
Loyalty Program with Swipely and
made more than $455,500</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/loyalty-marketing-simple-powerful-trackable/</guid></item><item><title>Better Restaurant Ads In Less Time</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/better-restaurant-ads-in-less-time/</link><description>Restaurant advertisements are more important than ever before. Why? Because they can now reach
customers in more places, including the Internet, mobile devices, email inboxes and their favorite print
publications. But creating ads can seem overwhelming.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/better-restaurant-ads-in-less-time/</guid></item><item><title>8 Astonishingly Simple Menu Tweaks that Boost Sales</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/8-astonishingly-simple-menu-tweaks-that-boost-sales/</link><description>The first commercial restaurants didn’t allow guests to
choose what they ate, when or with whom. You simply
showed up, enjoyed a family-style spread and went home
full to a night free of dish duty.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/8-astonishingly-simple-menu-tweaks-that-boost-sales/</guid></item><item><title>Webinar: Tricky I-9 Trends To Look Out For in 2015</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/live-webinar-tricky-i-9-trends-to-look-out-for-in-2015/</link><description>Homeland Security isn’t just targeting the big businesses anymore…even small- to mid-sized businesses are under a watchful eye. Making sure every I-9 is accurately completed and verified can be a daunting task. And any and all mistakes could cost you, big time – in more ways than one.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/whitepapers/live-webinar-tricky-i-9-trends-to-look-out-for-in-2015/</guid></item><item><title>Starbucks will offer 10th anniversary special edition of Ray Charles' 'Genius Loves Company'</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/starbucks-will-offer-10th-anniversary-special-edition-of-ray-charles-genius-loves-company/</link><description>The two-disc edition includes the full-length album, bonus tracks and special packaging.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/starbucks-will-offer-10th-anniversary-special-edition-of-ray-charles-genius-loves-company/</guid></item><item><title>Insureon launches microsite for small foodservice businesses</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/insureon-launches-dedicated-microsite-for-nations-smallest-food-businesses/</link><description>The educational site is designed to help caterers, food trucks and other operators manage risk exposure.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/insureon-launches-dedicated-microsite-for-nations-smallest-food-businesses/</guid></item><item><title>YP teams up with GrubHub</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/yp-teams-up-with-grubhub/</link><description>Partnership will add online and mobile ordering to YP's local search.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/yp-teams-up-with-grubhub/</guid></item><item><title>Calexio goes international with 15-unit Middle East deal</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/calexio-goes-international-with-15-unit-middle-east-deal/</link><description>The 15-unit master franchise deal will take Calexio to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/calexio-goes-international-with-15-unit-middle-east-deal/</guid></item><item><title>SCS Global Services and SafetyChain Software partner for training and automation</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/scs-global-services-and-safetychain-software-partner-for-training-and-automation/</link><description>SCS Global Services has partnered with SafetyChain Software to provide services for training, certification to third-party food safety schemes, and food safety and quality assurance automation.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/scs-global-services-and-safetychain-software-partner-for-training-and-automation/</guid></item><item><title>Red Book Connects launches HotSchedules iPad app</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/red-book-connects-launches-hotschedules-ipad-app/</link><description>New app takes advantage of iPad's larger screen to enhance viewing options, data display.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/red-book-connects-launches-hotschedules-ipad-app/</guid></item><item><title>Experts share insights on millennial dining-out decisions</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/experts-share-insights-on-millennial-dining-out-decisions/</link><description>Shaped by user-centric devices and the Great Recession, value-conscious millennials are looking for great experiences that are friction-free.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/experts-share-insights-on-millennial-dining-out-decisions/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/09/48/0948ed25-fb33-4a8f-bbf0-f73f3decf8b4/santy-millennials.jpg__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Greener planet, more green in the pockets</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/greener-planet-more-green-in-the-pockets/</link><description>Au Bon Pain reduced its carbon footprint, looks to shave up with 13 percent off its energy bill by monitoring and analyzing its energy usage.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/greener-planet-more-green-in-the-pockets/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/ce/d6/ced6a29e-d358-483b-b776-ddf32015cd66/power-socket-edit.jpg__300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Is grass-fed milk better for you than organic milk?</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/is-grass-fed-milk-better-for-you-than-organic-milk/</link><description>One industry insider claims grass-fed labels are bringing in customers, more than non-GMO labels. </description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/blogs/is-grass-fed-milk-better-for-you-than-organic-milk/</guid><media:content url="http://www.fastcasual.com/static_media/user_avatars/darrel_suderman_300x170.jpg.300x170_q85_crop.jpg" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Starbucks set to purchase remaining Starbucks Japan shares for $913.5 million</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/starbucks-set-to-purchase-remaining-starbucks-japan-shares-for-9135-million/</link><description>With franchise rights set to expire, Starbucks Japan partner Sazaby approached Starbucks about selling its ownership stake.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/starbucks-set-to-purchase-remaining-starbucks-japan-shares-for-9135-million/</guid></item><item><title>Jimmy John's settles lawsuit over delivery accident</title><link>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/jimmy-johns-settles-lawsuit-over-delivery-accident/</link><description>A motorcyclist injured in a crash with a Jimmy John's driver claimed the company's 'freaky fast' delivery policy put drivers under pressure that caused them to disregard safety.</description><guid>http://www.fastcasual.com/news/jimmy-johns-settles-lawsuit-over-delivery-accident/</guid></item><item><title>Togo's acquires 13 units from 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Regional fast food: Why Whataburger is worth a stopFri, 24 Oct 2014
Whataburger, better than your average fast foodFri, 24 Oct 2014
How Foodies Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End FoodFri, 24 Oct 2014
KFC unveils a triple meat Double DownThu, 23 Oct 2014
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Phantom Gourmet: KKatie's Burger Bar in Marshfield & PlymouthThu, 23 Oct 2014
Thermal paper cash register receipts account for high bisphenol A (BPA) levels in humansThu, 23 Oct 2014
Restaurant Brands raises annual profit forecast; shares jump to a recordThu, 23 Oct 2014
Why Chipotle Will Never Replace McDonald'sThu, 23 Oct 2014
Off-duty officer apparently thwarts fast food robberyWed, 22 Oct 2014
Off-duty officers exchange gunfire with robbery suspects at Popeye'sWed, 22 Oct 2014
Access to ATM led to stabbing in PittstonWed, 22 Oct 2014
How McDonald's is changing its menu to try to revive its flagging salesWed, 22 Oct 2014
KFC given go-ahead to open store in Basingstoke town centreWed, 22 Oct 2014
A lot more Chipotles comingWed, 22 Oct 2014
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