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Barron, who founded FastCasual.com in 1998, helped to popularize the term by using it to describe a growing segment of the restaurant industry that was focused on providing high-quality food and a more upscale dining experience than traditional fast food restaurants. He also used the term to describe the business model of these restaurants, which typically offered limited service and a focus on speed and convenience.

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Lisa Pepe

Lisa Pepe is a passionate food journalist with a fresh perspective on the intersection of food and community.