How your restaurant sales and profits compare to competitors' and what you can do to improve financial performance


Chains are packing up for more favorable HQ sites

McDonald's isn't the only chain relocating its home base. Several restaurant concepts announced in recent months that their HQs will soon have a new locale.


Top 25 fastest-growing fast casuals

Restaurant Business partnered with research firm Technomic to compile a list of the top 25 fastest-growing fast-casual chain restaurants.

Sales at the major fast-casual restaurants are growing at nearly three times the rate for the industry as a whole, but that intake is not being evenly distributed. What fast-casual brands are at the front of that increasingly crowded pack? Restaurant Business borrowed data from its research sister, Technomic, to rate the 40 largest fast-casual chains by systemwide sales. Here, in ascending order, are the sector’s largest chains by sales volumes.

Servers need to be equipped to walk guests through a DIY process in a short period of time, like Blaze Pizza's eight to 10 minutes, while still delivering hospitality.

As operators push to cater to consumers’ growing demand for on-trend food, proprietary menu items—sauces, dips, etc.—are looking more and more appealing.

Financial and popular success don't always align in the restaurant business, but they do on this one-of-a-kind list from Restaurant Business. The publication worked with its research sister, Technomic, to rank limited-service chains by a combination of sales and customer satisfaction. It's offered here in a partnership with the popular general-business website, BusinessInsider.com.

Technomic's annual Top 500 report paints a big picture of the top-performing restaurant chains.

As the weather warms up, operators need to act smart to profit from patio dining.

Restaurants use consultants all the time. And just as routinely, they pay more than what might be necessary. Here are some tips for keeping the costs in check.

Which choice is the right one for an operation? It depends on whom you ask.