Fast-casual restaurants inspire competitors

New Technomic study finds the segment’s service, menus and décor driving change industrywide

Fast-casual restaurants represent only about 6 percent of all eateries, but their growth is outpacing other segments and inspiring new menu, service and décor innovations across foodservice, a new Technomic report finds.

The distinctions between fast casual and other segments are beginning to blur, the industry research firm said, as quick-service and full-service brands adopt many features and price points that have fueled the growth of such chains as Panera Bread and Chipotle

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