With each new year, we’ve come to expect new trends in the restaurant industry. Cultural attitudes and customer preferences change over time. As a QSR franchise owner, it’s important to have a strong business model that offers both consistency and exciting new items to your customer base. Here are some of the top restaurant trends you should expect to see during 2018.

Increased Health Consciousness

Consumers are continuing to seek out healthier meal options when dining out. They want healthier meals for their children, too, which is why Samurai Sam’s® offers a kid’s menu of healthier items in smaller portions. Carb-conscious adults are looking for healthier vegetable carb substitutes and more veggie-centric cuisine. And with this preference for healthier options, consumers are also more aware of sustainable practices and clean menus with natural ingredients. They want locally sourced produce and sustainable food ingredients in their meals.

Expanding Interest in International Cuisine

It’s not just adults that have a growing interest in ethnic cuisine. There is a trend in kids’ dishes becoming more flavorful and featuring grilled items. Today, consumers are seeking out meals that contain spices and condiments — and we don’t mean ketchup and mustard. There’s an added bonus if meals are rich in healthy proteins and have a comfort food feel to them. How do you make comfort food healthier? Consider the rice bowl.

The flavorful and healthy offerings at Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill® fit the bill for many of 2018’s consumer restaurant trends. Learn more about becoming a part of the Samurai Sam’s family and the support available to franchisees.

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