BD’s Mongolian Grill sees fast casual in its future

BD’s Mongolian Grill sees fast casual in its future

Burdened by food and labor costs, casual-dining concept looks at shifting its model

The operating environment for casual-dining restaurants has become such a challenge in recent years that BD’s Mongolian Grill is considering a change to its very business model.

The Burnsville, Minn.-based Mongolian grill chain is planning to test a fast-casual version of its traditionally full-service concept, as it looks for ways to expand despite higher labor costs and real estate costs.

“Our future growth is in the fast-casual realm,” Joe Phraner, pre

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