We have recently noticed a shift towards Fast Casual for single – unit, independent operators.
They finally got the message through observing chains like Chipotle with long lines. New openings are revealing a decided shift from less than 1 year ago as they have woken up to the new label/moniker across all cuisines. Whereas some independents have adopted Fast Casual in prior years it was mostly chains until recently.
Futurecast for chain fast casual operators: Shakeouts by fast casual as a category, none with no foreseen horizon. However shakeouts by cuisine, now (burger)-7 years.