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Emerging Brands

Cheesecake Factory’s fast-casual concept has a name: Social Monk

Social Monk Asian Kitchen will be the chain’s second try at an Asian concept and will debut this fall.

Financing

O’Charley’s owner is splitting up

In a bid for simplicity, Ninety Nine Restaurants, O’Charley’s are splitting from Village Inn and Bakers Square, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

With sales improving a year after bankruptcy, the company is looking to add another concept.

An analyst suggests the company could buy upscale chain North Italia from Fox Restaurant Group, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Longtime CEO Ken Pendery will become executive chairman of the fast-growing breakfast chain.

Arc Group will acquire the struggling breastaurant chain in a complex deal.

The 58-unit casual Italian chain becomes a sister concept of Planet Hollywood, Buca di Beppo and Earl of Sandwich.

Continued traffic challenges and industry changes suggest a need to keep reducing supply, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The problem isn't oversupply. It's under-demand.

The two casual Italian brands will be the nucleus for a new company run by the former Olive Garden chief, with financial backing from Brazil-based GP Investments.

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