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Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews Commits to Reducing Carbon

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews Commits to Reducing Carbon Footprint in its Restaurants Enlists New Management Systems in an Effort to Lower Energy Consumption GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Sep. 7, 2016 - Burgers are not the only thing Red Robin does well! In an effort to strengthen its environmentally conscious use of energy, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, famous for serving more than two dozen high-quality and innovative burgers with Bottomless Steak Fries(®), is rolling out new energy management systems in its restaurants. The project is on track for completion by early 2017 and will enable Red Robin to further protect, recycle and reduce the natural resources necessary to fuel the

A Model of Success: Franchising's Future Grows Bright

Franchising has proven to be a successful and popular business model since its mainstream inception many decades ago. Three constants have fueled its growth: the desire to expand, the need for capital to fuel that expansion, and the goal of operating seamlessly across large geographical distances. While the earliest uses of franchising can be traced to the Middle Ages when the church was seeking to broaden its central government control, credit for developing the restaurant franchising model we know today belongs to Ray Kroc, who discovered McDonald's when it was still a small California hamburger stand. This enticing operating platform has grown massively in scale since the 1950s, becoming

Restaurant of the Future

The future is a moving target when it comes to technology and its applications, with plateaus punctuated with bursts of upward trajectory. For the restaurant industry, predicting the trends of tomorrow involves having the vision to foretell how technology that may already exist can be further leveraged to positively impact operations and the service experience. HT is doing just that and making bold predictions about what disruptive technologies will truly come to bear in foodservice in the near future — specifically 10 years out. In many ways the future is here: we have self-driving cars, 3-D printed food made its debut at London-based Food Ink, and mobile payments continue to gain tractio

Here's what it costs to open a McDonald's restaurant

Reuters Owning a McDonald's franchise can be a lucrative business, but it requires a lot of cash. The average McDonald's restaurant generates $2.5 million in sales annually, making it the fourth-highest-grossing chain in the US by sales per unit, according to QSR magazine. But to open a single restaurant, the company requires that potential franchisees have liquid assets of at least $750,000. Startup costs, which include construction and equipment expenses, average between $958,000 and $2.2 million, according to McDonald's. The total is determined by the geography and size of the restaurant, as well as by the selection of kitchen equipment, signage, style of decor, and landscaping, the compa

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