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Savory invests in pizza concept Via 313
posted on Oct 21 20

Texas-based Detroit-style pizza concept Via 313 has attracted equity investor Savory, which will take a stake in the brand with plans to open about 12 new units over the next two years. Savory, a $100 million fund launched by Mercato Partners, has also invested in The Crack Shack, R&R BBQ and Swig. Read the Nation’s Restaurant News story here

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A&W’s old-fashioned model plays well in the pandemic
posted on Oct 21 20

A&W Restaurants‘ tradition of operating in less-populated areas and popular summer vacation spots has paid off during the pandemic, as consumers working remotely fled big cities. Some A&W units are family-run and many are old-fashioned drive-in restaurants. Read the Restaurant Business online story here

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Rooftop F&B opening at Chattanooga defies downturn
posted on Oct 21 20

For months, the hospitality industry has battled financial hardship in the wake of COVID-19. In Chattanooga, one local hotel is beating the odds and expanding during the pandemic. Read the WRCB-TV story here

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Google lays out vision of San Jose development
posted on Oct 20 20

Newly released details for Google‘s Downtown West Mixed-Use Plan in San Jose reveal offices, housing and open space spread over 81 acres, including up to 500,000 square feet for retail space. Google is seeking public comments for the proposal as part of the city’s review ahead of City Council consideration next spring. Read the Construction Dive story here

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Famous Dave’s expansion plan includes co-branded units
posted on Oct 20 20

Famous Dave’s signed a 25-unit expansion deal with Bluestone Hospitality Group to create Famous Dave’s locations that are co-branded with Bluestone’s casual Italian brand Johnny Carino’s. The deal also includes a plan to use Johnny Carino’s locations to prepare Famous Dave’s menu items for takeout and delivery. Read the Restaurant Business online story here

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