Monday, April 1, 2019

Chipotle, Panera Turn to Drive-Thrus as Fast-Food Stigma Fades

Fast-casual chains like Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. and Panera Bread are tapping the fast-food playbook as they grapple for growth with old-school stalwarts like McDonald’s Corp. and Burger King.

The latest evidence? The drive-thru window, a mid-20th century innovation, is back in the limelight as chains competing for “share of stomach” hone in on the convenience factor. . . . more