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Emerging Brands

New brands and soon-to-open concepts worth watching

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.

Emerging Brands

Le Pain Quotidien and The Little Beet leave the Aurify Brands nest

The fast-casual chains will be operated by newly created operating platform Convive Brands.

The Smashburger co-founder and former McDonald’s executive is behind Tom’s Watch Bar, an upgraded sports bar concept that is coming, quickly, to a city near you.

The Texas-based chain puts an upscale twist on the classic game, serving up scratch-made fare, signature cocktails and an “exceptional” experience it hopes will inspire guests to linger

Guests can harvest the produce if they want to cook in their in-room kitchens. The herbs and vegetables will also garnish the complimentary breakfast service.

Doug Thompson will become CEO of the five-unit brand he is buying with well-known restaurant investors Bruckman, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. and Rosser Capital Partners.

Sales at the Chicago-based chain are up double-digits this year, fueling big expansion plans.

The Texas-based companies are equal partners in franchisor Earth Burger Global, which kicks off next month.

IHOP franchisee-turned-entrepreneur Adenah Bayoh wants to pay homage to a type of culture and food often overlooked but in great demand.

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.

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