The Cheesecake Factory’s New Fast Casual Concept Won’t Serve Cheesecake

The Cheesecake Factory’s New Fast Casual Concept Won’t Serve Cheesecake

The Cheesecake Factory is working on a menu for their new fast casual restaurant, Social Monk Asian Kitchen, which will have items like noodles, curries, sandwiches, salads, and rice bowls, according to Eater. Cheesecake is not on the listing.

Founder and CEO for the brands, David Overton, told Eater, "We were really interested in creating a new concept, and thought Asian food would lend itself very well to a fast-casual setting."

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Building the Next Generation Brand

Building the Next Generation Brand
  • Freshii, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, and Kabbage discuss what makes a successful restaurant brand

  • Foodable.io session dissects emerging brands and what guiding pinciples matter like people, environment, and profitability

On this Foodable.io Session, FCSI Consultant and Foodable Host Bill Bender gathers some growing companies to discuss top-performing food brands and what is responsible for their growth. While we often explore new advances in technology and innovation in menu development and design, these brands bring it back to the basics.

In this episode, we talk about how treating your employees well impacts your productivity and thus profits, and how your profits come full circle to pay your employees well. We explore meeting your customers where they are and scaling without losing a winning culture. Tune into this episode for all that and more. And be sure to check out the rest of Foodable’s .io content on our On-Demand Page and on Foodable+.

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Chef Eileen Andrade Aims to Make a Destination Out of Miami Suburb, Kendall

Chef Eileen Andrade Aims to Make a Destination Out of Miami Suburb, Kendall

"If I could describe my style of cooking, I would definitely say— bold," says Chef Eileen Andrade.

And “bold” is right as her restaurants serve up a combination of Cuban, Peruvian and Korean dishes.

There is no stopping this fierce Miami-based chef from accomplishing her goals.

In her mid-twenties, Eileen Andrade, opened her first restaurant, Finka Table & Tap in Kendall, an unassuming suburban Miami neighborhood. Now, the 29-year-old sits down with Foodable to talk about her newest restaurant concept, Amelia’s 1931, which she opened less than a mile away from her first concept.

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Yelp Analysis Shows Strong Consumer Preference for Independent Restaurants

Yelp Analysis Shows Strong Consumer Preference for Independent Restaurants

Tuesday, Yelp released the second edition of their Local Economic Outlook, ranking U.S. metro areas by the pace of growth in their local-business population. Using their deep data stores, Yelp analyzed review ratings for chain and independent restaurants in the 50 metro areas included in the outlook.

The research indicates a shift in consumer perceptions of restaurants. Citing the “celebrity-chef” movement, the data shows a tremendous rise in in independent restaurants over the last 5 years.

Comparatively, fast food restaurants have seen a notable decrease in average ratings, about 16% between 2012 and 2017.

While chain restaurants across the country encounter increasingly choosy diners, independent fast-food and fast-casual restaurants have seen a continued increase in average ratings, improving by 7 percent in the last five years. Ratings for casual-dining chain restaurants held up better, unchanged on average, though they lagged behind their independent competitors, which gained a quarter of a rating point between 2012 and 2017.

“Historically, chain growth has outpaced the broader restaurant industry growth, but in the past three years we’ve actually seen independents and smaller operators outperform chains,” said Dave Henkes, Senior Principal at food industry research firm, Technomic. “It’s clear that consumers are voting with their dollars and are rewarding those restaurants that provide a resonating point of difference in the overall experience.”

It’s important to note that while many people might associate the phrases “fast food” and “fast casual” with chain restaurants, many restaurants that provide that type of experience are independent. The data shows that the type of restaurant (fast food, fast-casual, or casual) is much less important than their appearance as either a chain or independant restaurant.

Visit “Yelp” to see how the 50 major U.S. metro areas compare in local-business success throughout 2017 including which business categories are growing fastest, how restaurants compare and how diners in the metro rate chains and independent restaurants.

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Foodable Labs Ranks Sustainable Luke's Lobster as a Top 150 Emerging Brand

Foodable Labs Ranks Sustainable Luke's Lobster as a Top 150 Emerging Brand
  • Maine-inspired Luke's Lobster is growing sustainable seafood in fast casual.

  • Foodable Labs ranks NYC-based Luke's Lobster as a Top 150 Emerging Brand. 

 

Turns out, many people were looking for the fresh seafood taste just like Luke and were willing to pay more than they would at the average fast casual for the high-quality dish. Knowing the industry, Luke and Ben were able to ship in fresh from Maine seafood all while maintaining the level of sustainability they feel the product demands. Watch this episode of Foodable's Emerging Brand Series to see how the brand is growing and where they plan to go next. 

Luke's Lobster began in 2009 when Luke Holden, a self-defined Lobsterman from Maine noticed a gap in the dining scene of New York City. Working in the city as an investment banker, Luke longed for the Lobster rolls he'd grown accustomed to back home. But the only lobster he could find was at fine dining establishments and had a 30 dollar price tag. After joining forces with former food writer Ben Conniff, the duo took on the fast-casual seafood scene... and dominated. 

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