How Hot Is This Fast-Casual Trend?

According to this infographic, very hot
Panera Bread Is Number One
<A href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/powerbooktrance/" target="_blank">Terry Johnston</a>

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.

How hot is fast casual dining? [Infographic]
Compliments of FastCasual.com and Fast Casual Executive Summit

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