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


The way America eats is changing. We want better options. We want better ingredients. We want better sourcing. We want better experiences. We want food with a story — and we want it fast. The last four decades of fast food is fading and now we're making room for a new culture of good food: fast casual. What is fast casual? Follow Paul Barron, the pioneer who coined the term "fast casual" in 1993, in this documentary that has been 10 years in the making and dig into the stories of the iconic leaders and game-changers who are transforming the movement of our restaurants and the future of our food.


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.


The Show

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.

Introducing a new era of what good food fast, really means. Join us as we explore this exciting new restaurant segment through exclusive interviews from top chefs, restauranteurs and other industry insiders. Giving you a close up look of the menus that are "The Next Generation of Food".

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The Host

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,, and DigitalCoCo, I have spent the past 25 years studying restaurants and consumer interactions within the industry.

In September 2013, we launched, 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