Kelsey Nash is a digital editor for Restaurant Business. Prior to joining Restaurant Business, she specialized in B2B creative across a number of industries, including financial services, foodservice, construction and insurance.
Kelsey studied journalism and political science at Indiana University and currently lives on the north side of Chicago. She has yet to meet a burger she doesn’t like.
2016 was a busy year for restaurant openings, with everyone from Chipotle to Pepsi launching revamped or brand new concepts. Here’s a look at the most notable openings of 2016, divided into seven categories: offshoots, brand extensions, fried chicken brands, poke brands, new spots from the big guns, revamps and game changers.
Don't expect to find Taco Bell or Chipotle on the list of Foursquare users' most-loved sources of the Tex-Mex staple. But Waffle House is there, along with one-offs in such unexpected locales as Charlotte, N.C. Here are the top 20 joints, along with why they top the rankings.