10 quick casuals to watch out for in the post-COVID era
Chop Chop Chicken Sundaes and Chopped Salads
Founders: Dennis and Debbie Gorton, Jon and Kinnell Steward
Headquarter: Tualatin, Oregon
Year started: 2015
Chicken sundaes and chop chop salads started in the spring of 2015 when the Gortons started a fundraiser for a friend battling brain cancer and found chicken sundaes had wide appeal.
Sundae sundaes, also known as Hawaiian haystacks, usually come with a base of rice in addition to chicken (or tofu) and a variety of toppings choices such as bean sprouts, almonds, coconut, pineapple, celery, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and chow mein noodles. The sundaes are topped with chicken sauce or vegetable broth.
Since one of Chop Chop’s founders, Kinnell Steward, has celiac disease, the restaurant has made it a priority to create an accessible menu for those who are gluten-free. Chicken Gravy, Ginger Soy Chicken, and Sesame Ginger Marinade are all gluten-free, so anyone with celiac disease or gluten-free can get the exact same menu item as their friends or family. his family.
Is your brand one of America’s hottest fast casuals? QSR is now accepting applications for the 2022 40/40 list. To be considered, restaurants should have more than one but less than 40 locations, and have plans to actively evolve. The final list will be published in the February 2022 issue of QSR.
To submit your brand to the 40/40 list,click here and fill in the information not later than 11:59 p.m. EST November 11.
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