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Drive-Thru Digest

April 19, 2023

Matt Cook, Editor

Some good articles this week about restaurant redesigns in response to evolving customer needs.  McDonald’s and Checkers are spotlighted regarding their recent changes.


A couple of events coming up later this year you might want to consider:


3rd Annual Ghost Kitchen and Virtual Restaurant Conference

  • Houston, Texas
  • July 7-8, 2023
  • Click here for more information


Drive-Thru Innovations Summit

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • September 27, 2023
  • Click here for more information.


And now, the news…

Drive-Thru Digest – Issue #65

Smaller Footprints, More Drive Thru: Restaurant Design in a COVID World

Design that prioritizes off-premises ordering—such as smaller stores or additional branding in the drive thru—was already becoming popular. Now it’s necessary.

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Checkers drive-thrus getting a new look

Checkers is rolling out its “restaurant of the future” design.

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McDonald's Is Quietly Opening New Stores With Robot Employees

Drive-thrus at McDonald's are looking a tad different now, at least for some locations in Fort Worth, Chicago, Denver, and Las Vegas.

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Drive-thru coffee chain bringing second location to Augusta

The second local 7 Brew stand will add 50 jobs to the Augusta area.

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Sandos drive-thru offers scratch-made sandwiches, ‘a hangover cure’

It wasn’t until he added garlic knot breakfast sandwiches to the menu that customers started flooding in.

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11 more drive-thru eateries bound for SE Mesa

The Planning and Zoning Board has approved three projects totaling 12 new drive-thru restaurants, including 11 in southeast Mesa.

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Burger King drive-thru plan could be refused

Extra traffic to a potential new Burger King in Barnstaple has led Devon County Council to recommend refusal to the application.

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Pickleman’s Gourmet Café Opening First Drive-Thru in KC Metro

It is the fourth Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe in the area.

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Ellianos Coffee Drive-Thru Franchise Expanding Into North Carolina

Ellianos currently has 32 locations open across the southeast, with over 110 more in the works.

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Costa Coffee town centre drive-thru plan thrown out over environmental fears

New targets to reduce river phosphate levels have scuppered the plan.

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Burger King announces drive-thru plans for major Mansfield road

The town is already the home of several fast food outlets, including three branches of McDonald's and two KFCs.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill opening drive-thru location in Mesa

Chipotle wants to capitalize on the recent population boom Mesa has seen.

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With a goal of serving the world's freshest salad, Clayton Farms Salads opens in Ames

A drive-through salad and smoothie restaurant opened in Ames Friday, and it just might have the world’s freshest salads.

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The Pasta Bowl Opens Drive-Thru Option

The drive-thru offers a limited express menu for customers on the go.

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Drive-thru Tropical Smoothie Cafe location now open in Round Rock

The smoothie chain also offers a variety of flatbreads, wraps, sandwiches and breakfast items.

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