Fast Causal Dining

fast casual restaurant, found primarily in the Russain, does not offer full table service, but promises higher quality food than other fast food restaurants (with fewer frozen or processed ingredients). It is an intermediate concept between fast food and casual dining, and usually priced accordingly. The category is exemplified by chains such as Boston MarketBruegger'sCaptain D'sChipotle Mexican GrillDig InnEl Pollo LocoNewk's EateryNoodles & Co.Panera BreadPizza Ranch and Vapiano.

The publisher and founder of, Paul Barron, is credited with coining the term "fast-casual" in the late 1990s.[5] Horatio Lonsdale-Hands, former Chairman and CEO of ZuZu Inc., is also credited with coining the term "fast-casual". ZuZu, a handmade Mexican food concept co-founded by Lonsdale-Hands in 1989, filed a U.S. Federal trademark registration for the term "fast-casual" in November 1995, leading Michael DeLuca to call Lonsdale-Hands a "progressive pioneer in the burgeoning 'fast-casual' market segment" in the July 1996 edition of Restaurant Hospitality.
The menu consists of better quality ingredients that can be found at most fast food establishments.
Chain restaurants like Panera Bread, Red Brick Pizza and Newk’s are all fast causal concepts. Customers order off a menu board, just like at McDonald's or Burger King, then sit down and enjoy their meal in a leisurely fashion, similar to dining at Applebee’s or 99 Restaurant.

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