Zoes Kitchen


Why restaurant chains aren’t going public right now

Weak sales and poor stock performance are conspiring to create another dry spell for restaurant IPOs, says RB’s The Bottom Line.


Re-creating kitchens for the digital boom

Kitchen recasts are accounting for a large part of chains’ capex budgets for 2017. The aim of the moment is to boost throughput and capitalize on off-premise demand.

The Mediterranean fast casual began testing third-party delivery

A look at the reports for public companies reveals some definite directional arrows for the industry as a whole.

The revised format features a special to-go area and a new beverage line.

With one foot in HR and the other in marketing, Jensen has the express job of making employees feel good about their positions at Zoës Kitchen, the Plano, Texas-based Mediterranean fast casual with more than 110 units

Over four days and almost three dozen general and breakout sessions, attendees of the Restaurant Leadership Conference were treated to experiences and insights that extended far beyond business.

Second-quarter sales growth spurred a 30 percent rise in revenue at the fast-casual Mediterranean concept.

Plant-based entrees were named on several forecasters’ top trends lists for 2016, positioning Mediterranean-focused fast casuals in a sweet spot.

Together, the specialty LSR category increased sales by 8.6%, to $6.9 billion, and units by 5.2%, to 11,070.

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