27 August

Fast Casual: The Next Generation

Synergy Restaurant Consultants | Blog, newsletters

By Joan Lang, Editorial Director A new “fine casual” segment is evolving out of the Chipotle quick-quality model. Older concepts are rebranding as fast casual or launching their own F/C siblings. And all around, there is quick, healthy, customizable food that blazes a... continue reading

Emily Callaghan, Concept Development & Communications   At Synergy, we like to say that restaurants should refresh their interiors every seven to 10 years to remain clean, fresh and relevant, but what about a restaurant’s overall brand? Do changing times require... continue reading

27 August

Branching Out into Fast Casual

Synergy Restaurant Consultants | Blog, newsletters

By Joan Lang, Editorial Director Ambitious young entrepreneurs and boldface-name chefs aren’t the only ones attempting to cash in on the popularity of fast casual concepts that offer convenient service, affordable prices and an elevated level of food quality and customization... continue reading

1 August

Cilantro Contamination

Synergy Restaurant Consultants | Blog, Restaurant News

The FDA has just posted an important alert regarding cilantro from Mexico:  Cilantro fields from the Mexican state of Puebla are said to be contaminated with human feces and toilet paper. The discovery was found through the investigations by The Centers for Disease Control... continue reading