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The Halal Guys started as a New York City food cart before it opened brick-and-mortar stores.
The fast-casual chain tripled in size in 2015, and more than doubled again in 2016.
Honeygrow has been on an upward trajectory since receiving $20 million in funding at the end of last year.
This 2011 spinoff of Pizza Inn is experiencing some growing pains, and closed 18 stores earlier this year.
This fast-casual concept serves up its barbecue with a generous portion of patriotism.
Known for delivering Southern hospitality and hand-breaded chicken tenders with scratch-made dipping sauces, Slim Chickens aims to serve made-to-order food in a fast and relaxed shack-like setting.
This fast-casual pizza starts with an “authentic Neapolitan dough recipe dating back over 100 years.”
Celebrity brothers Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg have relied on more than the synonymous reality TV show on A&E to grow their chain.
This assembly-style pizza chain has its eyes on an IPO, according to co-founder Rick Wetzel of Wetzel’s Pretzels.
Drew Quackenbush and Corey Ward launched Tom + Chee, a grilled cheese and tomato soup concept, by investing $2,400 in a tent and a griddle, then setting up shop next to a Cincinnati skating rink.
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