Premiering at the 2015 NRA Show

A first of its kind, Fast Casual Nation will be featuring the innovation and passion supporting the unparalleled growth of the Fast Casual restaurant business.


The documentary highlights the concepts that are revolutionizing the industry, while changing the way America eats. The evolution of the fast casual segment is a true David vs. Goliath story. In the documentary, this story will unfold in a cinematic fashion that has never been seen in food media before. The future of farming, human health, and cultivation of culinary arts are at stake and Fast Casual may well be the savior of our industry.

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Not only will this event bring the leading Fast Casual executives together in one room, but you will have the opportunity to meet the film makers. 

A first of its kind, the documentary digs deeper than the series and explores the birth of the Fast Casual Nation segment through exclusive interviews with the industry insiders, who started it all. It will take viewers behind the scenes of the concepts that are changing and influencing modern-day dining.

The documentary highlights some of the best and most innovative fast casuals around the country, farmed from four seasons of coverage in the industry. It will answer the questions–

  • what is fast casual?
  • why are consumers and brands alike migrating to this new evolution of service, speed, quality and experience?
  • could this be the segment that replaces the quick-serve option?
  • why digital, social and mobile has had such a big impact on the smaller fast casual startups?

And many more, while giving viewers a visual bite of what the segment has to offer.



Paul Barron started pioneering the fast casual segment in 1993, long before it became mainstream in 2003-2004. However, the fast casual darling, Chipotle only opened its first location outside Colorado in 1999. Since then fast casual chains have been rapidly on the rise. So far in 2014, DigitalCoCo tracked more than 600 fast casual brands and that is projected to increase to 700 by mid 2015. The potential for this segment seems limitless, with a restaurant industry accounting for 700 billion industry, fast casual currently only occupies 50 billion of that.

With the fast casual concept changing and influencing the landscape of the entire restaurant industry, there is no better time than now to hold up a microscope and analyze the major players, trends, and influences in the segment.

Current Episode

Ingredient-Focused Concepts Breed Consumer Loyalty

On this episode of Fast Casual Nation, brought to you by the Foodable WebTV Network and Avocados From Mexico, we are bringing you into Miami’s new upscale casual concept, Burger Taco Whiskey. Created by 50 Eggs Restaurant Group, with John Kunkel of Lime Fresh Mexican Grill fame at the helm, Burger Taco Whiskey (also known as BTW) shows us how concepts innovate around ingredients to create differentiation in the market. Watch the full episode as Kunkel taps into the biggest challenge in this market right now, why this upscale casual model is great for operators in a tough real estate market and how to get the most value out of your employees.

For over four decades, quick service restaurants have consumed the American culture of food. That legacy is about to change and shift into an entirely new evolution of what good food fast, really means.

Paul Barron started what is known as the era of Fast Casual, coining the term in the mid 90’s and spending the last 15 years launching the industry leading website, magazine, event and association around the Fast Casual restaurant segment.

Join us in this series for video documentaries on the leading edge of where this amazing restaurant segment is going with innovator interviews and a close up look of the menus that are "Changing the way America eats".

More than 16 years ago, Paul Barron started a revolution in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

He called it Fast Casual, and since then it has become the leading restaurant segment in a $500 billion dollar market. As the founder of FastCasual.com and QSRweb.com, two industry leading websites, as well as the innovator of the highly acclaimed Fast Casual Executive Summit, Paul has been on the forefront of most of the leading trends in the restaurant business.

Fast Casual Nation explores this exciting new restaurant segment; from Miami, Dallas and Washington D.C., to the pacific coast of San Francisco and all the foodie spots in between. Through exclusive interviews from top chefs, restauranteurs and other industry insiders, come along and join us, as we give you a close up look of the menus that are "Changing the way America eats".

Paul Barron


As a passionate food and web technology expert, producer & filmmaker, entrepreneur, speaker, author, and mentor for the restaurant and hospitality industry, I connect consumers, technology and brands to help invoke the next shift in business for restaurant and hospitality.

As an industry trend spotter and Founder of FastCasual.com, QSRWeb.com, and DigitalCoCo, I have spent the past 25 years studying restaurants and consumer interactions within the industry.

In September 2013, we launched FoodableTV.com, a new era of food media for operators and foodies alike. My goal is simple: to connect the New Age consumer and restaurant operator with content and social connectivity to change the restaurant industry.

  • 20 Year Restaurant Guru
  • Forbes Top 50
  • Seeker of culinary nirvana
  • Loves the Vesper