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Emerging Brands

Why a small sandwich concept is breaking out of the fast-casual box

Zunzi’s was doing well as a traditional fast casual, its CEO said, but then it added a bar and sales soared. Now, it’s changed its franchising plans.

Operations

Fast casual Smashburger is adding a bar

The better-burger chain said it is looking to capitalize on consumer desire to socialize following the pandemic.

Here are some strategies for a confident, strong reopening—as well as a sustained bouncing back.

Drinkers who overindulged during the holidays and the growing ranks of sober-curious consumers are gravitating toward alcohol-free cocktails this month.

Restaurant and hotel brands, professional trendologists, industry groups and food companies are all having a say in what the next year will bring. We culled through the reports to find the common threads.

Unique ingredients, artisanal sourcing and creative presentations are taking the traditional meat-and-cheese board to the next level.

To meet demand, skilled bartenders are tapping a wealth of new low- and zero-proof spirits and mixers to create complex, well-balanced drinks with less or no alcohol.

Robert et Fils’ beverage director repurposes leftover sweet and savory ingredients into inventive cocktails and nonalcoholic drinks.

Technomic’s adult beverage data reveals that bartenders are offering a mix of old favorites and new drinks to meet consumer demand.

The top beverage trends that will evolve and emerge in the year ahead.

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