Fast Casual Insights
On this episode of Fast Casual Nation, we talk to the founders of a concept that has quickly established itself as a loved brand in Miami. Consumers today are demanding much more from restaurants. They expect clean, locally sourced ingredients, quick service, and affordable prices.
Fast casuals are the fastest growing segment in the restaurant industry, so it’s no surprise why chefs and leaders in other restaurant segments (like casual dining) have taken notice. Consumer demand continues to push for more food options, higher quality ingredients, better sourcing practices, approachable price points and speed of service.
The Southern California-based, fast casual restaurant chain plans to open more eateries across California and beyond. To support the new expansion efforts the brand is joined by industry veteran Harald Herrmann as Mendocino’s New CEO.
CAVA is planning to use data to form a more intimate dialogue with its customers and build a personalized brand loyalty program, according to “Fast Company.” CAVA will be doing this by tracking patrons orders and offering promotional coupons for menu items each guest favorites.
To stay festive and warm during the season, Au Bon Pain (ABP) shifted gears into a new holiday-inspired menu this week to give customers something new to get excited about. By switching up its offerings from Pumpkin Croissant and Harvest Pumpkin Soup to The Holiday Gobbler and Roasted Poblano Chicken Stew.
Food halls, in general, are becoming wildly popular. Well, Fort Worth, Tex. is the next lucky city with development plans in place to create an exciting food hall in Crockett Row at West 7th. Its star eatery will be celebrity chef John Tesar’s third Knife Burger concept ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 6 in the nation by "Thrillist."
By Dustin Myers, Foodable Industry Expert
Picture yourself walking down the street and seeing a person walking towards you. When you look at their clothes, demeanor, age, hairstyle, and posture– you begin forming your perceptions about that person. Are they friendly? Do they share similar interests with you? Are they a threat? What kind of work do they do? All of these thoughts begin subconsciously every time we encounter a new person. You can usually tell a lot about what a person values just by their appearance.
Though we're taught not to judge people on their appearance, we still do. And we judge brands the same way.
Your brand's appearance should accurately reflect your brand.
Exploring the best fast casual foodie spots from coast to coast means nothing without high quality footage and food porn. Below, we share some of our favorite shots from our travels around the country. Enjoy!