Drive-Thru Digest

January 25, 2022

Peter Cook, Publisher

This week’s digest includes some good quick articles on trends and news.  All indications are the drive-thru model will continue to grow.

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Drive-Thru Digest – Issue #4

The Coffee Business Goes to the Drive-Thru

Giants like Starbucks and Domino’s are building more drive-thrus while regional drive-thru chains have exploded. And consumers are flocking to them.


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New Starbucks Will Feature Deep Drive-Thru

Starbucks is opening a café that will include a 25-vehicle stacking drive-thru lane. Typically, drive-thru stacking lanes max out at nine or 10.


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Drive-thru coffee chain began 4 years ago. Now it plans over 20 Kansas City area spots

Drive-thru coffee chain began 4 years ago. Now it plans over 20 Kansas City area spots


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McDonald's employee explains why pictures of customers are taken at the drive-thru

Many may not realise they are being snapped when ordering food on site. A TikTok user explained the cameras take a photo to help staff in keeping track of multiple orders.


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I tried Taco Bell's new two-lane drive-thru, and I think it's the future of fast food

Taco Bell announced its new Go Mobile restaurants in 2020, which would have smaller footprints than typical locations and focus on mobile orders.


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I tried Panera's drive-thru, and it has a long way to go to compete with Chipotle

Drive-thrus have long dominated fast food, and now they're taking over fast-casual restaurants like Panera and Chipotle, too.


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Here Are Best Drive-Thru Restaurants in America

From tacos to friend chicken, here are some of the best drive-thru spots in America.


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Two Texas chains make best drive-thru restaurant rankings

Two Texas-based drive-thru restaurants ranked among America's best places to get fast food, per a recently survey-based roundup by Jalopnik, a news and opinion website.


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Connecticut Town Drops Plan for Drive-Thru Regulations

Following a public hearing Monday night, the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously decided to withdraw its proposed regulation changes for drive-thrus in town, deciding instead to collect more information on what an appropriate noise level would be for these establishments.


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Why Demand for Retail Pad Sites Is Intensifying

As QSRs seek drive-through opportunities and other tenants launch smaller concepts, they see pad sites as more desirable.


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Automating Fast-Food Orders at the Drive-Thru

Vistry’s drive-thru Automated Order Taking platform improves the speed and quality of service of fast-food ordering


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Bizarre moment woman turns up at McDonald’s drive-thru on a HORSE

The customer was seen arriving at the fast food chain on horseback earlier this week.


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Drive Thru Stores that Opened in the Philippines in 2021

In 2021 alone, we saw several drive-thru stores open across the Philippines that we’ve started to lose track of them all. So, we’ve decided to compile all the notable ones in a list — just in case an intense craving hits us again.


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