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Disneyland announces plans to expand in California
posted on Apr 14 21

The Walt Disney Co. is calling the main location of a planned expansion an “immersive theme park,” but rather than being a park in itself, the plan looks to potentially expand existing theme parks Disneyland and California Adventure. According to plans, DisneylandForward would surround the existing Disneyland Hotel and the Paradise Pier Hotel and provide additional dining, shopping and other forms of entertainment. Read the CinemaBlend

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Virgin Hotels opens after $200M makeover
posted on Apr 14 21

The former Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas has had a $200 million makeover and is ready for its beauty shot as Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. The hotel and casino, under the control of the Mohegan Tribe, will open when it gets the go-ahead from the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Read the Las Vegas Review-Journal story here

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Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup to open eateries in NYC, Chicago
posted on Apr 14 21

As empty storefronts continue to dominate many neighborhoods around New York, one of the world’s highest-profile chefs is doubling down on his commitment to the city. This fall, José Andrés will open an outpost of the beloved Mediterranean restaurant Zaytinya in the new Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad. Read the BNN Bloomberg story here

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How Capriotti’s plans to help Wing Zone take flight
posted on Apr 14 21

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop‘s acquisition last year of Wing Zone, which has 30 US units and another 30 in international markets, came as a result of the sandwich chain’s search for a fast-casual concept with significant off-premises sales. Read the Restaurant Business online story here

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Survey lists nation’s fastest-growing chains
posted on Apr 13 21

Big names make up the bulk of Technomic‘s list of the fastest-growing restaurant chains of 2020, when pandemic-era shifts toward off-premises dining favored concepts with significant takeout, delivery and drive-thru programs in place. Wingstop led the Top 10 list, which also includes Sonic Drive-In, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Jersey Mike’s. Read the Restaurant Business online story here

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