Heather Lalley

Heather Lalley

Editor, Foodservice Group

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Heather Lalley is an editor with Winsight's Foodservice Group, covering emerging restaurant concepts for Restaurant Business magazine and RB Online. She also works with Winsight's sister company Technomic to produce research-based reports on emerging restaurants and chains.

Heather spent nearly a decade as a reporter for the daily newspaper in Spokane, Wash. She is the author of "The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook," about chefs who work with area farmers. She holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the two-year baking and pastry program at Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago.

She is the mother of two children and rarely passes up a chance to eat tater tots.

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Heather Lalley

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Truly innovative concepts—those that find solutions to perennial problems like rising real estate and labor costs—are rare birds indeed. Here’s a look at some of the game-changers that opened in 2017.

Here’s how operators in cold climates ensure their rooftops reel in off-season sales.

Operators are bringing their trailers indoors.

Tim Ward, formerly of Arby's, has been with the seafood fast casual since 2011.

In a lot of ways—and for many reasons—independent restaurants trumped chains in 2017. Indies are nimble and able to seize upon trends like a hungry diner on avocado toast.

Cash will fuel expansion of mini-sized offshoot.

Operations will cease at the company’s two family-dining concepts.

The casual-dining concept looks to expand with capital from the private-equity investor in such growth-focused brands as Blaze Pizza.

Some of the latest concepts are ditching small footprints for Texas-sized operations.

New all-day restaurant will feature French-Mediterranean cuisine.

2017 has been rough for restaurants, but some operators hope to end the year on a high note with new openings.