Modern Visionary

— Interview by Katie Lee — Burger King unveils a new visual design for a bold, modern future.   When Burger King, one of the founding titans of the fast food hamburger industry since 1954, creates a completely new visual


— By Clive Samuels — Creating safer and healthier indoor air quality.   The spotlight is on indoor air quality as COVID-19 continues to change the way we look at the world. While there is more to learn about SARS-CoV-2,

Inside Out

— By Andrew Eck — From the inside looking out: 2021 foodservice industry trends.   I think we all put a lot of pressure on 2021 to be a year of rebounding, the year that we return to normal. So

Lifestyle & Location

— By Pranav Tyagi — Enhancing your store location strategy with technology.   Retailers and restaurants live and die by the addresses they call home. Yet, over the last few years, rapid digital transformations have all but forced some retailers

What Does the Lot Say?

— By Carol E. Carey — Does your parking lot and exterior say your company is clean and inviting — or stark, dark and unsafe?     Deciding not to keep your parking lot and building exteriors clean and fresh

Building Back Better

— By Chris Birkinshaw — Limited-service concepts, high-quality food options take pole position for QSR buildouts.   The COVID-19 global pandemic changed the landscape of many businesses. As we move forward with vaccines and a stronger understanding of how the

Curb Appeal

— By Jayson Hill — Five store redesigns and upgrades retailers will implement in 2021.   If 2020 was a year of survival and adaptation for retailers, 2021 will be the year they make sense of the seismic shifts they’ve

Supplies & Demand

— Interview by Katie Lee —   Demand for pets — and pet supplies — soared during the pandemic. Here’s how Pet Supplies Plus is meeting the moment.     Raise your hand if you adopted a new pet during

A Fresh Start

— By Melissa Hard — Restaurant cleaning in a post-COVID era.   As the saying goes, every cloud — even a very dark cloud like COVID-19 — has its silver lining. This is undoubtedly true in the restaurant and hospitality

Fresh Air Solutions

— By Steve Peldiak — Communal air solutions in retail and restaurant locations.   Sanitation conversations around indoor air quality (IAQ) at restaurants and retail locations will be critical to their longevity and bottom lines. 2021 has seen the arrival

Maintain Your Brand

— By Trip Jobe — How physically maintaining your brand/facility will pay off in 2021.   Over the past 30 years, I’ve witnessed and faced the budget pressures most of us have all experienced in 2020. Two areas, that I

Leading the Charge

— By Conner McGill — Why retailers and restaurants are investing in EV charging stations.   If electric vehicle (EV) charging has sparked your interest recently, you’re not alone. Retailers and restaurants across the country are giving more consideration to

Painter & Partner

— By Sean Gillespie — Managing your refresh and reimage painting needs.   Over the past 13 months, one word has nearly dominated everything: COVID. As a result, many have had to make adjustments — some dramatic — to their

Closed Door Meeting

— By Jen Castro — How a commercial security door can protect your business.   You have invested a lot of time and money in your business and have developed its resources and reputation to be the best it can

Getting Serious About Signage

— By Dan Smith — Investing in the right commercial-grade digital signage is as strategic as a brand’s messaging.   Would you like fries with that? Increasingly, thanks to digital signage, the answer is yes. At quick-service, fast-casual and other

Driving Force

Just in time for its 50th anniversary, Schlotzsky’s rolls out two new prototypes with plans to build on lessons learned during COVID-19. — By Katie Lee —   At Schlotzsky’s, the drive-thru has always been a driving force of its

What the American Rescue Plan Means for Restaurants

— By Michael Krueger —   On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law The American Rescue Plan Act. The Act has $1.9 trillion in relief funds, including $28.6 billion set aside for the restaurant industry in the Restaurant

Protective Priority

— By Matt Calo, P.E. and Huston Dawson, P.E. — Safety should be top priority as businesses turn to outdoor space due to ongoing indoor restrictions.   As spring arrives and states across the country continue to revise their restrictions

EDSS: Signature Vendor Spotlight

— Interview with David Ely, President/CEO, EDSS —   R&R: Where are you based and how long has the company been in business? David Ely: Energy Design Service Systems (EDSS) is a woman-owned company formed in 2007. The corporate headquarters

CLM Midwest: Signature Vendor Spotlight

— Interview with Rose Lollino, Vice President, CLM Midwest —   R&R: Where are you based and how long has the company been in business? Rose Lollino: CLM Midwest’s corporate office is located in River Grove, Illinois, a suburb of

Outdoor Dining is Here to Stay

— By Leslie Chapus — Outdoor dining became a staple during the pandemic — and guests have grown to love and expect it, no matter the weather. The good news is, investment in all-weather outdoor dining pays for itself.  

Waste Harmonics: Signature Vendor Spotlight

— Interview with Michael Hess —   R&R: Where are you based? Michael Hess: Waste Harmonics is based in Victor, New York. R&R: How long have you been with the company? Hess: I acquired Waste Harmonics from Capital Environment in

DENTCO: Signature Vendor Spotlight

— Interview with Teresa Phelps —   R&R: Where are you based and how long has the company been in business? Teresa Phelps: DENTCO is based in Dewitt, Michigan, and has been in business for 44 years. R&R: How long

Stratus: Signature Vendor Spotlight

— Interview with Josh Wilder —   R&R: Where are you based and how long has the company been in business? Josh Wilder: Stratus is headquartered in Mentor, Ohio, with an HQ2 in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and offices in New

Retail in the COVID Era

— By Gary Glick — Top 3 lease provisions negotiated by landlords and tenants.   Almost a year into this pandemic, retailers are still facing uncertainty in light of the recent spike of COVID-19 cases accompanied by a new wave

Diverting PPE From the Waste Stream

— By Jennifer Wolanik — How COVID-19 PPE compliance and sustainability can work together.   Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in restaurants and retailers is surging in order to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

What’s In Store

— By Kenneth Gruskin, AIA — Coronavirus as a catalyst for innovation in stores and restaurants.   The coronavirus has resulted in a cosmic shift in retail and hospitality. Customers have moved from seeking high-touch retail experiences, extensive product/service selection,