20 Under 20

20 Under 20


The funky Mediterranean-inspired fast casual expanded beyond its East Coast roots a year ago with its first Midwest location in Minneapolis.

20 Under 20

LA Crawfish

Founded by a father-son team in 2013 to reflect Houston’s mix of culinary cultures, this brand offers a modern Cajun interpretation of classic Vietnamese dishes.

The big dog of the Australian coffee concepts, the chain made its U.S. debut in New York City in 2013 with limited-service shops with a small food menu as well as full-service cafes that offer beer and wine.

This Florida-based fast-casual breakfast-and-lunch concept specializes in creative biscuit sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, and Southern specialties like grits and fried green tomatoes.

Arizona-based Fox Restaurant Concepts knows how to open small restaurants that attract notice from big chains. Such is the case with this health-focused fast casual that received a cash infusion from The Cheesecake Factory.

Wondering what’s next in the fast-casual pizza sector? Consider Crushed Red.

Fueled by a recent investment from Union Square Hospitality Group, this artisanal ice cream chain is embarking on an East Coast expansion.

This 12-unit concept brings the build-your-own trend to sushi. Diners can craft custom rolls, often made with locally and regionally sourced ingredients, to go along with on-trend beverages such as organic tea and agave lemonade.

Tacos, tequila and whiskey—these three things have proved a winning combination for this Ohio-based casual Mexican restaurant chain.

This European-style coffee cafe chain keeps it simple with small-footprint units and a limited, beverage-focused menu.

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