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Special Reports

Special Reports

The Future 50

This year’s class of America’s up-and-coming chains faces an uncertain future. But as the coronavirus hit, these small and innovative concepts were characteristically quick to adapt, repacking menu items into meal kits, creating pop-up drive-thrus and more. Here’s a look at how they got here, and where they plan to go next.

The Top 500 highest-grossing restaurant chains recorded their best overall performance in five years in 2019.

Here are some key milestones from the last 100 years.

Bold attempts to disrupt the business often fizzled, but not before influencing the industry’s direction.

As the entities continue to work together to support the industry, a formal document sets out the rules of interaction.

Here's what Editor-at-Large Peter Romeo learned trekking through 100 years of the restaurant industry.

A deep dive into the industry’s history sheds light on where we’re going.

The eruption of World War II brought shortages of food, equipment and labor—precisely as demand for meals prepared outside the home soared to 60 million meals per day, triple the prewar level. Some es...

The decade kicked off with an industrywide promotional campaign that would live on for years and whose tagline would ultimately be “borrowed” by the city of Chicago for its tourism promotion efforts: “We’re Glad You’re Here.”

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