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There is virtually no difference anymore between fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and fast casual restaurants like Chipotle

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There is virtually no difference anymore between fast food restaurants like McDonald's and fast casual restaurants like Chipotle
  • Fast-casual chains add drive-thrus and reduce wait times.
  • fast food gets more expensive with slower service.

Quick-service chains have been boosting the industry over the past year and a half, and it’s changed the way they work. Fast food is slowing down as fast-casual chains have embraced drive-thrus and speeded up service.

Fast food is quite clearly defined and recognizable to the average customer. Necklaces like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and burger king sell food that can be prepared and sold quickly, often burgers and fries. The definition of fast casual is more vague, closer to a marketing term. The difference comes down to higher costs at fast-casual restaurants, along with upscale furnishings and geared toward adults rather than children, said Darren Tristano, executive vice president of Technomic research firm.

These differences become less apparent with each passing year and may no longer matter. When COVID-19 closed food halls in the spring of 2020, delivery and takeout became the main ways people bought food, and chains scrambled to make that faster and more feasible. The major fast food chains were already well equipped to survive a decline in the number of indoor diners, with well-established drive-thrus and efficient food retrieval systems.

Chains traditionally thought of as fast-casual took a cue from fast food and began adding drive-thrus and other ways for customers to get in and out quickly. chipotle, which had built its business model on custom burritos and burrito bowls made behind an assembly line right in front of customers, accelerated expansion of Chipotlanes, the brand’s drive-thrus. In 2019, before COVID-19 changed the rapid service landscape, Chipotle only had 10 Chipotlanes. As of September 30, there were 284 in the US, with 36 of 41 Chipotles will open in 2021, including drive-thrus.

Chipotle executives said Chipotlanes have higher margins because they usually have higher turnover and more efficient working than the traditional format, and so other fast-casual chains are following Chipotle’s lead. sweet green, Qdoba, and panera all have released their own plans for smaller restaurants focused on drive-thrus takeout.

As fast-casual gets faster and drive-thrus is added, fast food gets slower and more expensive. The average wait time in fast food drive-thrus has increased by nearly 30 seconds since 2020 to just over six minutes this year, while Chipotle pushed the average transit time back to 10 minutes. Waiting times have steadily increased in recent years, from 234 seconds in 2018, to 327 seconds in 2019 and 356.8 in 2020, resulting in relatively long wait times this year.

Getting a quick meal at McDonald’s, Burger King or any other fast food chain is not that cheap as it once was, either. Prices at fast food restaurants rose 7.1% in October compared to last year, according to new data released by the Labor Statistics Bureau. In July Insider reported on: some chains raise prices by as much as 10%. The biggest price increases were 10% at Taco Bell, 8% at McDonald’s and 8% at Dunkin’, followed by Chipotle and The Cheesecake Factory, according to analysis by Gordon Haskett.

Customer experiences at different types of chains are increasingly similar. Digital sales accounted for nearly half of Chipotle’s orders and more than 20% of McDonald’s sales in the last quarter. For the average person who orders through an app and picks up food from an inside counter, it doesn’t matter if a restaurant calls itself as fast casual, fast food, or something completely different.

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The weather in Perth: city ready for scorching weekend and balmy nights

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The weather in Perth: city ready for scorching weekend and balmy nights

If you’ve been enjoying the sweltering hot weekend in Perth, we’ve got some good news for you – another one.

The metro area will reach a maximum of 35C on both Saturday and Sunday, so if you haven’t had the air conditioning repaired yet, now is the time!

Perth hit a scorching 37C last Saturday – the hottest day since March – before cooling slightly to 32C on Sunday.

Perth will see a bit of a respite from the heat at the start of the week, thanks to a weak front approaching from the south coast, before temperatures rise Friday.

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Joey Rawson, Senior Meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology in Perth, said the warm weather will persist into the night, making for balmy evenings.

A minimum temperature of 21 degrees is forecast for Sunday.

“A trough on the west coast — very common for this time of year — brings warm temperatures from the north and inland,” Bureau of Meteorology Duty Forecaster Jessica Lingard said on Friday.

“We can expect very pleasant weather Friday, Saturday and Sunday … summer starts in a week, so we’ll see it get warmer.”

PERTH FORECAST

Monday: 26C, clearing

Tuesday: 24C, mostly sunny

Wednesday: 25C, mostly sunny

Thursday: 29C, sunny

Friday: 32C, sunny

Saturday: 35C, sunny

Sunday: 35C, sunny

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Hotel and restaurant shares in red; Indian hotels, Lemon Tree underperform

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Hotel and restaurant stocks witnessed selling pressure today amid fears of the new Omicron variant and new travel restrictions. Karnataka and Maharashtra have issued new guidelines in response to concerns.

In response, shares of Chalet, Indian Hotels, Lemon Tree and Kamat Hotels fell between 6 and 4% respectively. While shares of Oriental Hotels, Royal Orchid, Mahindra Holiday, EIH, TajGVK, Delta Corp and Country Club fell 3.5% to 6% on the BSE.

India had announced on Friday that it would resume regular international flights from December 15 for the ‘non-risk countries’. Besides the UK, more countries such as Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands and Hong Kong have discovered the B.1.1.529 Omicron variant.

The hotel industry took a major hit as the outbreak began as travel ground to a halt and countries imposed restrictions to prevent the spread.

Furthermore, restaurant stocks are also facing selling pressures, including Barbeque Nation, Coffee Day and Burger King, each of which is down more than 4%.

Meanwhile, benchmark indices recovered initial losses in a volatile session on Monday amid pressures from oil & gas, IT and metals stocks. The S&P BSE Sensex rose 361.36 points or 0.63% to 57,468.51 and the Nifty 50 index rose 91.54 points or 0.54% to 17,118.15.

On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization designated variant B.1.1.529 as a variant of concern, called Omicron. The WHO said it is not yet clear whether Omicron is more transmissible (e.g. more easily spread from person to person) compared to other variants, including Delta. The number of people testing positive has risen in areas of South Africa affected by this variant, but epidemiological studies are underway to understand whether this is due to Omicron or other factors.

Commenting on the severity of the new variant, the WHO said it is not yet clear whether infection with Omicron causes more serious illness than infections with other variants, including Delta. However, preliminary data suggests that hospitalizations are on the rise in South Africa, but this may be due to the increasing number of people becoming infected, rather than a specific infection with Omicron.

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TS Inter 1st year result 2021 expected soon on Tsbie.cgg.gov.in

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TS inter first year result 2021 is expected soon

New Delhi:

Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) is expected to release 2021 TS interim results for first-year exams soon. Students who appeared for the TS midterm exam can check their result on the official website – tsbie.cgg.gov.in, once it is released. Students must enter their TS inter-exam roll number and date of birth to check their results.

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Along with the official TSBIE website, 2021 interim result will be available on unofficial websites like Manabadi and Examresults. However, students should check their results on the official portal.

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TS Inter 1st Year Result 2021: Where to Check

Manabadi 2021 TS interim results for freshman exams can be viewed on the following websites:

Students checking results from private websites should also check their results from the official websites.

TS Inter 1st Year Result 2021: How to Check?

  • Go to the official website — tsbie.cgg.gov.in

  • On the appeared homepage click on the link ‘TSBIE Website’

  • Candidates will be redirected to the main website

  • Click on the designated TS first year result 2021 link

  • Enter the requested login details

  • TS inter first year result will be available on screen

  • Check and save the result

  • Make a printout for future reference

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