How Hot Is This Fast-Casual Trend?

According to this infographic, very hot

Panera Bread Is Number One

We already knew Panera was going to start dominating the world (although they have yet to come to New York City), but apparently this fast-casual dining trend has already caught on.

So what exactly is "fast casual?" According to this graphic, the average check is between $8 and $16, the decor is modern and upscale, the service is minimal, but the food is freshly prepared. Panera Bread is the largest fast-casual chain, followed by Chipotle and Panda Express.

Compliments of and Fast Casual Executive Summit

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