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Emerging Brands

Full-service chains test-drive a fleet of new growth vehicles

Diversification into new concepts is sweeping through casual dining in particular. Here’s a rundown of who’s trying what.

Marketing

Cracker Barrel airs its plans as a 3-concept company

Its namesake brand will focus intently on dinner, a bid to build on the success of a new chicken line, while the parent operation tweaks Holler & Dash and works with Punch Bowl Social.

The polished-casual operator intends to stay in the high end of the casual market with a new steak and seafood venture.

The company changed its name to accommodate the launch of Clark Crew BBQ.

Downtime is at a premium during the industry’s busiest season. These reads may be worth finding the needed hours.

Overhauled units have seen sales rise an average of 9%, according to its president.

The parent of Olive Garden and Capital Grille said its strong third quarter was the result of working a plan that’s long been in place. Here’s a refresher on some of the components.

The second unit of Chicken Guy is slated to open this spring.

Bold attempts to disrupt the business often fizzled, but not before influencing the industry’s direction.

Without these ground-breakers, the restaurant business may have been much different today.

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