Zoes Kitchen


Zoes tweaks ops, menu in new prototype

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


Get to know life services expert Laurie beth Jensen

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.

The upscale restaurant market has its celebrity chefs, but the limited-service sector is giving rise to a group of marquee-name investors whose very interest tends to anoint their holdings as likely successes.

The Goodness Fund financially supports employees who experience unforeseen emergencies.

Restaurants are reformatting their layouts and processes to accommodate the shift in their business toward takeout, delivery and catering.

The fast-growing Mediterranean chain is offering what it describes as complete family meals built around such entrees as kabobs.

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