5 ethnic food and drink trends impacting the menu

Consumers are eager to explore more global flavors and cuisines. Here’s how restaurants can appeal to their expanded palates.

Consumer Trends

How operators can drive breakfast traffic

See what’s driving diners to the morning meal as breakfast consumption dwindles.

French foods and concepts are “tres chic” right now.

Global relishes are poised for growth as operators increasingly use condiments to differentiate.

Restaurant Business’ latest openings roundup includes outposts from international chains, restaurants specializing in ethnic fare, plus more to keep an eye on, including a revamped Planet Hollywood.

One of the fastest-growing segments in fast casual is “specialty," as operators look to carve out their own niche in underrepresented cuisines such as Middle Eastern and fusion rather than compete in the crowded mainstream sectors. Here’s a look at some recently launched specialty fast casuals, from an Asian-Texas restaurant to a Roman pizza-sandwich concept.