FastCasual.com just released its sixth annual Top 100 Movers & Shakers, a ranking of the best fast casual restaurant concepts of 2010. ranked 8th in a field of 100 notable restaurants.
Fast Casual's Top 100 ranks the restaurant-industry segment's best brands based on innovation, sales and unit growth, marketing successes, and food quality. The Top 100 was determined by a panel that ranked each brand according to a scale of one to 100. The rankings were averaged based on total overall scores.
“It’s an honor to be ranked so high,” said Ed Rensi, co-founder of Tom & Eddie’s, “especially because Tom & Eddie’s is relatively new to the scene.
The first Tom & Eddie's in Lombard opened last August, 2010. Four months later, the second opened in Geneva. Deerfield will open in early June.
Fast Casual.com writer Valerie Killifer wrote, “To research their core menu item, they (co-founders Ed Rensi and Tom Dentice) visited more than 100 burger concepts, eating their way through menu and concept development."
The two also spent eight weeks using the kitchen at the College of DuPage Culinary Arts Center, in Glen Ellyn as their own private dining room, pulling people off the street to sample the fare and working, in total, 640 hours serving meals. Overall, the pair served 1,200 entrées and 3,300 menu items.
"We’ve put a lot of detail into every essence of the restaurant," Rensi said.
Tom & Eddie’s is a family-friendly, fast casual, gourmet burger restaurant focused on giving its customers delicious food made from natural products, personal customer service, and a relaxed and happy dining experience.
For more information, visit http://www.tomandeddies.com or http://www.facebook.com/TomandEddies.