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.
Casual-dining veteran and Houlihan's CEO Mike Archer spoke with Restaurant Business on what changes he’s brought in—and still plans to make—that should keep competitors on their toes, from bar revamps to delivery service. There are even a few lessons from Houlihan’s that others pushing to modernize can learn.
The number of food halls in the U.S. is set to double by 2020, thanks to the combination of increasing restaurant rents and a rise in foodie culture (particularly among millennials). Here’s a look at some food halls expected to launch in 2017, from San Francisco to Raleigh, N.C.
The founders of California Pizza Kitchen switched gears with their new opening, an upscale casual-dining seafood restaurant. Here's a look at the concept, and how they plan to use their real estate connections to expand nationwide.
Restaurant Business has covered which trends we expect to see more of in 2017, but what about the trends that should stay in 2016? For the answer to that question, we reached out to some of the country’s top operators and chefs, from emerging chain leaders like Mendocino Farms CEO Mario del Pero to James Beard award winners such as Mindy Segal and Michael Symon.
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.