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Shake Shack’s growth plan includes new urban stores

Shake Shack is moving forward despite the challenges it has faced in the pandemic, planning to grow its roster of restaurants by 45% over the next two years with 10% of those planned for new markets. The chain’s recovery will …

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Why Chicken Salad Chick chose Atlanta to spread its wings

Chicken Salad Chick started planning its move from Auburn, Alabama, to Atlanta in 2018 as part of a strategy to build the infrastructure it would need to support planned franchise growth,. The chain, which is on track to open its …

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NYC chain Lil’ Sweet Chick shifts to fast-casual format

New York City-based chain Lil’ Sweet Chick was forced to close indoor dining across all five locations in NYC and Los Angeles—which happened to be the most heavily-restricted parts of the country—when the pandemic hit in March. The brand, seeing …

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Wolfgang Puck expands Spago with new outdoor dining room and lounge

Wolfgang Puck is expanding Spago with a 6,500-square-foot outdoor dining area in front of the Beverly Hills restaurant. The new space, called Spago L’extérieur, is located in the Canon Drive cul-de-sac. It will feature a large tent with slotted walls, …

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Noodles seeks franchisees for Southern expansion

Noodles & Company is focusing on the South for future growth, with plans to find franchisees to open new units in six states. The 450-unit Colorado-based chain expects to sign new operators by this summer and start opening stores in …

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Burger. Fries. And tech. Tackling diagnostic technology challenges

A fast-food restaurant in Calgary had an inoperable gas “clamshell” griddle, forcing them to close early on a busy day. The manager who called the equipment service firm was panicked: The griddle had lost its flame and couldn’t be reignited. …

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Brewers Association’s Bart Watson on why marketing’s continued importance

Bart Watson’s findings on recent craft business are stirring up the market of microbreweries. How shall you compete with the global giants? Which aspects of branding should you focus on? Should you venture out beyond local fairs? How can you …

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How Cypress Social is creating a ‘must-visit’ restaurant—Arkansas style

If the vibe, flow, and stylistic touches and finishes of the reclaimed cypress wood along the walls that give Cypress Social its name don’t grab your attention, the food will. The sister restaurant to the JTJ Restaurant Group’s Petit & …

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Survey gauges consumers’ comfort with restaurant dining

Twenty-nine percent of US consumers surveyed said they are comfortable with indoor dining at restaurants and 42% have returned to restaurant dining outdoors, according to a YouGov survey for SevenRooms. The survey found that 23% plan to stick with takeout …

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Fast-casual concept The Hatchery began as a ghost kitchen

FSC Franchising, the parent of Beef O’ Brady’s, has created a fast-casual chicken concept called The Hatchery that began life as a ghost kitchen amid the pandemic. The Tampa, Florida restaurant had been slated to open in April, but instead …

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