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A new restaurant changes its business model midway through opening

Little Original Joe’s transitioned from an intimate seated dinner spot to a bustling marketplace—and there’s no looking back.

Operations

It’s been one heck of a year to be a first-time restaurant owner

Smokecraft Modern Barbecue opened last July, and it’s been a nonstop roller-coaster ride for owner Andrew Darneille ever since.

The Chicago-based multi-concept operator is gearing up for its next half century with the same spirit of inventiveness that has made it an industry leader for decades.

With vaccinations climbing and restrictions easing, normal conditions--sales levels included--are returning at numerous restaurant chains.

The Texas Restaurant Association chief is charged with ensuring the association speaks for all operations, including independents.

New data suggests wide gaps in the ability to pay between independent restaurants and their chain counterparts.

Sysco, US Foods and Performance Food Group all argue that the death of the local restaurants is greatly exaggerated, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The two icons join a growing list of restaurants that have closed during the pandemic.

Independents in four cities can apply for the $10,000 grants to help expand outdoor dining.

RB’s Top 100 Independents are a successful, savvy—and optimistic—bunch. Here’s how they’re handling the year from hell.

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