How COVID Forever Changed the Future of Fast-Food Design

From drive-thru-only designs to multiple-lane models and much more, the quick-service industry might never look the same in the wake of COVID.

Matthew Walls has a confession. For years, CKE Restaurants, the parent company of the well-known Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s quick-service brands, built the restaurants it wanted to build. While consumers were certainly considered, stores were largely designed and constructed to meet the company’s purposes.

But that philosophy ends this summer with the debut of a new Hardee’s restaurant prototype in Nolensville, Tennessee. At 2,500 square feet, the upcoming unit shrinks the traditional Hardee’s footprint more than 25 percent, while 22 interior seats come in well below the norm.

The Nolensville Hardee’s serves as a prelude to bigger changes afoot at CKE...

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RSK: So much to be said about this....the main thing is the fast food places are shrinking in size with less eat in and more drive-thru, walk up, delivery and outdoor seating to help them survive. This might even trickle down to fast casual and then casual. Less seating but higher average tickets. This also helps in the staff shortage end of things as well. Very extensive article.



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