46 episodes

My exploration of innovation led by operators who think different has gone on for more than 20 years. Fast Casual continues to be the darling of the food industry and is destined to redefine what restaurants and food can be for the consumer of the future. Hosted by Paul Barron, founder of fastcasual.com

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My exploration of innovation led by operators who think different has gone on for more than 20 years. Fast Casual continues to be the darling of the food industry and is destined to redefine what restaurants and food can be for the consumer of the future. Hosted by Paul Barron, founder of fastcasual.com

    46. Seoul Taco on Transforming a Food Truck Into a Fast Casual Restaurant

    46. Seoul Taco on Transforming a Food Truck Into a Fast Casual Restaurant

    The Fast Casual Nation podcast offers exclusive interviews with experts ranging from top chefs and brand makers to executives and restaurateurs who work in one of the fastest-growing segments of the restaurant industry. In this episode, host Paul Barron sits down with David Choi, the founder of the fast-casual restaurant Seoul Taco. Barron and Choi discuss the evolution of the fusion category, consumers today, and what lies ahead for Seoul Taco.

    • 25 min
    45. The New Sandwich Players in Fast Casual

    45. The New Sandwich Players in Fast Casual

    The Fast Casual Nation podcast offers exclusive interviews with experts ranging from top chefs and brand makers to executives and restaurateurs who work in one of the fastest-growing segments of the restaurant industry. In this episode, host Paul Barron sits down with John DeVoie, the co-founder and co-owner of Hot Table. Barron and DeVoie explore X, Y, and Z.

    DeVoie founded Hot Table in 2007 with his brother, Chris DeVoie. Based in New England, Hot Table specializes in made-to-order pressed panini sandwiches. The chain prioritizes high quality customer service as well as a supportive work environment. Since its opening, Hot Table has expanded to eight units.

    • 25 min
    44. Fazoli's CEO on Growth, Plant-Based, and 2020 Trends

    44. Fazoli's CEO on Growth, Plant-Based, and 2020 Trends

    The Fast Casual Nation podcast offers exclusive interviews with experts ranging from top chefs and brand makers to executives and restaurateurs who work in one of the fastest-growing segments of the restaurant industry. In this episode, host Paul Barron chats with Carl Howard, the chief executive officer of Fazoli’s. Barron and Howard discuss anticipated consumer trends for the next five years.

    • 20 min
    43. Paris Baguette and Bakery Cafe Growth

    43. Paris Baguette and Bakery Cafe Growth

    The Fast Casual Nation podcast offers exclusive interviews with experts ranging from top chefs and brand makers to executives and restaurateurs who work in one of the fastest-growing segments of the restaurant industry. In this episode, host Paul Barron chats with Jack Moran, the chief executive officer of fast casual bakery and cafe Paris Baguette, and former chief executive officer of Le Pain Quotidien USA. Barron and Moran explore how the economy may shape the industry in the coming years.

    • 29 min
    42. Mendocino Farms on Brand Growth

    42. Mendocino Farms on Brand Growth

    In 2005, Mendocino Farms opened its doors, selling gourmet sandwiches with the quality of the high-end cafes for only a couple dollars more than most of the Fast Casual sandwich players.

    Since then, the Mendocino Farms Brand has earned a devoted following of hungry foodies and attracted investments from Whole Foods Market and TPG Growth, fueling expansion into dozens of communities throughout California and Texas and becoming some of the most loved and highest grossing sales per foot restaurants in the neighborhoods they serve.

    Guest: Mario Del Pero, Co-Founder of Mendocino Farms

    • 37 min
    41. Yum! Brands Acquires The Habit Burger Grill

    41. Yum! Brands Acquires The Habit Burger Grill

    Yum Brands Inc. announced a major acquisition. The Louisville-based restaurant conglomerate is purchasing The Habit Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) for $375 million.
    The company’s existing brands include — KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Does this really help the stock - with such a small brand in comparison to the other YUM powerhouses, this appears to be more of a management issue.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

Chrisbenoit15 ,

The first documentary on fast- casual by Paul Barron

If you are a season exec or a startup restaurantuer - no matter, this show delivers on the most amazing insights to understanding not only the consumer but the operators that run this business! A+ work!

pamela hilton ,

The first documentary on fast-casual by Paul Barron

If you are a season exec or a startup restaurantuer - no matter, this show delivers on the most amazing insights to understanding not only the consumer but the operators that run this business! A+ work!

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