Fast-casual pizza concepts let consumers customize their own pies, and quick cooking on a conveyer belt or in a brick oven allows guests to dine at their own pace in the restaurant or grab ... Pizza – The Next Hot Concept for Fast Casual With more than 65,000 units and $40 billion in annual U.S. sales, the fast casual pizza segment is becoming the new darling of the restaurant industry. New players are rapidly entering this growing segment – it’s estimated that 10% of all restaurant openings in the U.S. are now pizza concepts. Jul 31, 2019 · The term comes from the concept's hybrid nature — it's a blend of fast-food dining and casual dining. Fast casual borrows a little from fast food and a little from casual dining. Fast-casual industry leaders include Panera Bread, Five Guys Burger and Fries, Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwich Shop, and Chipotle, Mexican Grill.

Jan 20, 2017 · The “fast-casual” industry — think of places like Chipotle or Panera — is booming. According to Technavio, the market for fast-casual fare is expected to hit $66.87 billion by 2020, and there are dozens (if not hundreds) of fast-casual concepts that have opened in recent years that are going to be competing for their share of the pie, some as offshoots of major fast food chains and ...