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Emerging Brands

Openings and Closings: Kwame Onwuachi hits New York City; Joy in Washington, D.C.; and Manresa to go out with a bang

Here are the notable independent restaurants coming (and going) across the country in October and November.


Here are 2021’s top newcomers to the Top 100

Miami Beach’s Mila debuts at No. 5 on this year’s ranking. Find out where some of the other newcomers to this year’s list appear.

As the industry stabilizes, operators of RB Top 100 restaurants are taking advantage of renewed consumer interest and greater opportunities for their brands.

This dining centerpiece of the newly renovated David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center Plaza is designed to evoke the city’s Hip Hop and art scenes.

"We were being greedy" before the pandemic, says the chef-owner of Southern Belle in Atlanta. Reworking the model has resulted in a happier, healthier and more stable workforce.

If there is one constant in the restaurant industry, it is the creative output of entrepreneurs in the independent restaurant sector who keep a steady pace of new concepts and innovation. To help readers keep up with what’s new, Restaurant Business is launching a new monthly feature that will track notable independent restaurant openings—and closings— across the country.

The new La Madrina will be part of an all-star food hall lineup created by Mina Group spinoff TableOne Hospitality.

Stadium foodservice giant Levy takes minority stake in Boka Restaurant Group.

The Independent Restaurant Coalition is expanding its focus to become a peer-to-peer support system for non-chain restaurants.

Sliding scale on core to-go items is designed to make Ji Hye Kim’s Korean menu more accessible to those in need.

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