Fast casual continues to outpace industry growth. And though it’s still a small segment—about 9 percent of the restaurant industry—its influence is great. Witness fast food’s improving menu items and fresh positioning, and full-service restaurants’ tests of takeout counters, faster service and even spinoff concepts. Meantime, fast-casual concepts continue to emerge and evolve, tapping innovative menu trends and satisfying consumer demands.
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Nashville-style “hot chicken” is hot. A handful of upstarts is hoping it will let them ride the fast-casual boom.
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“What Panera really is, is one cafe that has to be the best competitive alternative within its area.”