2016 groundbreaking concepts

The one-size-fits-all approach of big legacy chains may be giving way to more diversified, regionalized methods of restaurant development, even for concepts with growth plans. To make inroads in new markets, this year's list of concepts to watch—potential industry game changers—all tailored the design, menu and more to fit a local audience.

Eatsa
Nonrestaurant restaurants
The Innovation and Design Building
Cheffy QSRs
Holler & Dash
Roister
Sheetz
Fizz Soda Bar
Swift & Sons/Cold Storage
La Botaniste

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2015 groundbreaking concepts

As concepts fight for a foothold in the crowded restaurant industry, determination to be on the cutting edge drives many decisions. These 10 groundbreakers all pushed the envelope in 2015 in terms of both design and operation, bending traditions and blurring lines within their typical space to set new directions.

S&M Sausage and Meat
New York-New York Hotel and Casino
Mini Models
H-E-B's Table 57
Betty Danger’s Country Club
Garages
Purringtons Cat Lounge
Acme Feed & Seed
LQ Chicken Shack
Intro

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2014 groundbreaking concepts

Tom Bradley Terminal
Eataly
Kitchen LTO
Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bar
Legal Crossing
Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
Pizza Cucinova
Domino's Pizza
Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza
Pizza Hut
KFC Eleven
Disney World Food Trucks
McDonald's Build Your Own Burger

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Think your concept is groundbreaking? Contact Kelly Killian at kkillian@winsightmedia.com.