10 groundbreaking concepts of 2014

Instead of following the lead, these trendsetting operations have changed the game with unique, new business plans. So they've become the ones to watch.

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 during the last 12 months in terms of both design and operation, bending traditions and blurring lines within their typical space to set new directions.

  1. Eataly
  2. Kitchen LTO
  3. Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bar
  4. Legal Crossing
  5. Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
  6. Pizza Hut
  7. KFC Eleven
  8. Disney World Food Trucks
  9. McDonald's Build Your Own Burger
  10. Tom Bradley Terminal

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