Fazoli’s and FAT Brands made headlines last month when their CEOs Carl Howard and Andy Widerhorn, respectively, announced that FAT Brands was acquiring the 220-unit fast casualItalian brand for $130 million. The men will reveal the strategy behind that deal during the keynote address at the Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit, March 30-April 1, in Nashville. They’ll also discuss […]

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Jason Carrigan, vice president of marketing and digital technology at Focus Brands and Minh Le, chief Information officer at Checkers & Rally’s, will discuss “Is Tech Weighing You Down?” as part of #QSRNext, a Nov. 9 virtual summit hosted by QSRWeb.com and Leasecake. Online ordering is more important than ever, as off-premise operations continue to […]

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Ariane Panter, senior director of global diversity, equity and inclusion strategy and corporate function support at McDonald’s, will discuss diversity, inclusion and equity at the virtual #QSRNext event, sponsored by Leasecake, on Nov. 9. Recruitment and retention are hot-button topics in the restaurant industry, so, too, are diversity, inclusion and equity. Diversity should be an […]

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FAT Brands CEO Andy Wiederhorn and CMO Thayer Wiederhorn, who have acquired several brands over the past few years, will discuss the strategies behind the rapid growth as well as what’s next. Growth is the goal of many brands, but expanding strategically takes planning, patience and proper integration. And sometimes, it takes a little negotiating. […]

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Susan Carroll-Boser, vice president of technology at White Castle, and Stratis Morfogen, co-founder of Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, will discuss contactless service options at the #QSRNext virtual event Nov. 9. More consumers than ever are looking for ways to buy and pay for their items with little to no contact thanks in part to the COVID-19 […]

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Amy Alarcon, vice president of culinary innovation at Popeyes Louisiana Chicken, and John Li, vice president of culinary innovation of Wendy’s, will discuss how to keep menus modern at the #QSRNext virtual event on Nov. 9. Keeping up with customers’ changing desires for innovative menu options is a challenge for most restaurants, including large QSRs […]

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Two industry executives will discuss the rise of ghost kitchens at the #QSRNext event Nov. 9. The one-day workshop is free for attendees. Recognizing that QSR leaders needed a convenient way to exchange ideas, tips and advice with one another, Networld Media group — the publishers of QSRWeb.com and the producers of the Fast Casual Executive Summit — have […]

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