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Jeremiah’s Italian Ice tests first ground-up build as new prototype

The free-standing building with a drive-thru could be one of several new formats for growth.


Remembering the copycatting case that went where no restaurant had gone before

The theft of intellectual property was so extreme that the matter went all the way to the Supreme Court.

One location is serving as a blueprint for the chain’s new direction, adding global flavors, new equipment and an updated prototype.

The 45-year-old food-and-games chain is remodeling all of its 470 locations to cater to tech-savvy Gen Alpha kids and their always-on-the-clock parents, to the tune of more than a half million dollars per store.

The first Panera To Go, which opened on Chicago’s North Side last month, has no dining room. Two more digital-only locations are planned to open this year, the bakery-café chain said.

The drive-thrus resemble Chipotle Mexican Grill’s successful Chipotlanes and are part of Sweetgreen’s broader suburban strategy.

The fast-casual Italian beef and hot dog chain’s CEO said the newest prototype just might be “something very, very special.”

They’re adding drive-thrus, taking away dining rooms, letting customers order at the table and more; blurring the lines between their segment, quick service, and even casual dining.

The wing chain’s new “restaurant of the future” will allow the brand to test equipment and layouts to maximize its off-premise business.

The fast casual said Tuesday it has signed a 50-store deal with a franchisee, all of which are slated to include drive-thrus.

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