BY BETH MATTSON-TEIG Toppers opened 17 stores last year, fueled by good access to capital for franchisees. Franchise groups looking to finance renovations of an existing store or the construction or acquisition of new locations are finding plenty of options. “I think the markets have definitely made...

By Kevin Hardy Technological advancements have changed everything about the quick-service experience—and woe to the operator who falls behind. Acquiring new restaurant technology can be a tricky business. Because of ever-decreasing prices, an operator may not want to be the first to buy a new application...

While historians and quick-service industry veterans alike still hotly dispute the exact origin of the drive-thru window, one thing is certain: The rise of the auto industry revolutionized the fast-food business. Quick-service restaurants evolved in tandem with Americans’ growing use and purchase of the automobile—from...