Lauren Hallow is an editor for Restaurant Business and its sister publication, Foodservice Director. She also works with Winsight’s sister company Technomic, where she studies trends and provides content on emerging restaurant concepts.
Lauren studied journalism at The Ohio State University and currently lives in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. She is a sucker for French fries and thinks the world would be a better place if every restaurant table and bar counter had purse hooks.
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One of the fastest-growing segments in fast casual is “specialty," as operators look to carve out their own niche in underrepresented cuisines such as Middle Eastern and fusion rather than compete in the crowded mainstream sectors. Here’s a look at some recently launched specialty fast casuals, from an Asian-Texas restaurant to a Roman pizza-sandwich concept.
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