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01
Feb
2017
Counter Service restaurant growth over the past 5 years.

The following graph shows restaurants openings over the last five years. Included are quick service locations as well as fast casual locations. We have included both independently owned stores as well as multi-unit outlets.  

06
Dec
2016
New cuisine alert! Poke—the next Fast Casual trend?

Did you know about Poke cuisine?  It’s a type of cuisine (a Hawaiian fish salad) and is currently trending in restaurants with names like: Ahi Poke Bowl, All About Poke, Aloha Poke and Big Island Poke. Over the past 2 … Continue reading New cuisine alert! Poke—the next Fast Casual trend?

29
Nov
2016
Editors Notes- Graduation Alerts Report and recent facts on New Openings

Results from the Graduation Alerts Report for small and emerging companies: 1,311 restaurant chains with unit counts between 6 and 25 units are examined for growth each calendar quarter. Date Range: April 1st to June 30th 2016. Overall take on … Continue reading Editors Notes- Graduation Alerts Report and recent facts on New Openings

02
Nov
2016
Demystified. Restaurant chains not closing in droves, Independents are.

PREFACE There has been current press that discusses restaurant failures such as Don Pablo’s, Sweet Tomatoes and Cosi. Whereas these management failures are well documented and true, the survival and growth landscape of chains has never been better. Restaurantdata.com googles … Continue reading Demystified. Restaurant chains not closing in droves, Independents are.

06
Oct
2016
OPINION- The no tipping controversy is ruining the sit-down restaurant business.

All the talk of no tipping (let’s hope not quite all the way, yet) is ruining the Restaurant Business. Thousand of restaurants (more than normal) are closing. Most of us in the business agree that the health care laws and … Continue reading OPINION- The no tipping controversy is ruining the sit-down restaurant business.

24
Aug
2016
Independent Restaurant Closings are way up in the first half of 2016.

Soon, we will be publishing real numbers by state of independent restaurant closings across the U.S. In the last half of 2015, there were more than 18,500 closings of independently owned restaurants  (total universe evaluated- 385,000 locations) within their last … Continue reading Independent Restaurant Closings are way up in the first half of 2016.

02
Aug
2016
Fast Casual location counts and four year openings chart

Store location counts from inside the Restaurant Unit Locator directory. There area total of 33,496 independently operated *fast casual restaurants in the US.  Independent locations include restaurant companies with 19 units or less.   In the Restaurant Chain Locator there … Continue reading Fast Casual location counts and four year openings chart

06
Jul
2016
Restaurant chains and Independent restaurant survival rates for 2015.

See the Restaurants in business reports for 2015 evaluated by cuisine.  Soon we will be publishing facts from the 1st half of 2016.  To get the job done, our research staff calls and googles every location in the U.S. in … Continue reading Restaurant chains and Independent restaurant survival rates for 2015.

21
Jun
2016
The brand new Restaurantdata website

Hello site visitors. You may have noticed  we have combined 3 sites into 1. Foodservicereport.com, Restaurantchains.net and Restaurantdata.com are all now part of one site- Restaurantdata.com Having 1 site versus 3 allows us to provide better data, information, and opinion … Continue reading The brand new Restaurantdata website

05
Mar
2016
As chef driven TV shows proliferate, chef driven restaurants are failing.

It’s time to sound the alarm to red alert status regarding service and I have found the evil culprits. The problem is bad and it’s getting worse. We love chefs and we need them, but I would like to point … Continue reading As chef driven TV shows proliferate, chef driven restaurants are failing.

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