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Sweetgreen offers flexible pick-up at World Trade Center

Sweetgreen will open a new location today in Tower 3 at New York City’s World Trade Center, which will feature a mobile pickup station where customers can pick up digital orders indoors or outside. FastCasual

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Amped Kitchen expands with new Chicago facility

Los Angeles-based Amped Kitchen has turned a former Zenith television factory in Chicago into its third facility, with 64 commercial kitchen spaces. While some of the tenants are restaurants looking to grow off-premises sales, most of the space will be …

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Mina Group plans health-focused Los Angeles eatery

Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Michael Mina and Mina Group President Patric Yumul will open Mother Tongue, a 5,000-square-foot Los Angeles restaurant that will focus on plant-forward options and dishes made with few processed ingredients. Los Angeles Times

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Amazon to add 2 new Fresh stores in Seattle area

Amazon is reportedly planning to build two new Fresh stores in Seattle to complement the two sites it opened in the city over the summer. One new location will be in the Bitter Lake area north of downtown while another …

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Portillo’s maps growth plans after $405M IPO

Chicago-style hot dog chain Portillo’s raised just above $405 million in its initial public stock offering Thursday, which gave the company a valuation of nearly $1.9 billion. Portillo’s plans to grow from 67 restaurants to 600 over the next 25 …

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Shaq’s Big Chicken bets on franchisees for growth

Shaquille O’Neal and partners JRS Hospitality and Authentic Brands have mapped an aggressive growth plan for Shaq’s Big Chicken, a concept created by the basketball star in 2018. The chain has started a new franchising program and plans to grow …

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Chef Tetsuya Wakuda to debut Japan-themed concept

Multibrand operator 50 Eggs Hospitality Group will team with Michelin-starred chef Tetsuya Wakuda to launch Wakuda, a new concept that will open locations in both Las Vegas and Singapore in 2022. The Las Vegas location will fill a 12,000-square-foot space …

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Report: Fast-casuals’ focus on off-premises pays off

Fast-casual chains saw traffic return during the summer after declines that started with the pandemic last year, according to NPD Group, which credits increased off-premises efforts for the rebound. Fast-casual traffic grew 8% in August from the same month last …

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TGI Fridays to grow ghost kitchens with Reef

TGI Fridays has teamed with ghost kitchen operator Reef Technology on a plan to create delivery-only locations for the casual dining brand in as many as 300 global locations, starting with Reef’s hometown of Miami. Reef has been in expansion …

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s plans to open 150 units in 2022

Traditional franchise openings underpin Tropical Smoothie Cafe‘s plans to open 150 units in 2022, up from its goal of 130 units this year. QSR

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