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.
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.
2014 groundbreaking concepts
Tom Bradley Terminal
Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bar
Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza
Disney World Food Trucks
McDonald's Build Your Own Burger
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