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Emerging Brands

New brands and soon-to-open concepts worth watching

Emerging Brands

Inside Epic Kitchens, a ghost kitchen/fast-casual hybrid

The company’s new Chicago location blurs the line between delivery hub and food court. It plans to open five more in the next year.

Emerging Brands

Famous Toastery had to slow down before it could speed up

The fast-growing breakfast-and-lunch chain took a step back to focus on existing franchisees, and the move has paid off.

The mini golf eatertainment brand, which opened its second U.S. store early this month, is slated to open five more locations next year after securing a $60 million investment last spring.

The delivery-only concept already has 165 locations across three continents thanks to Reef's large and growing kitchen network.

The Arizona-based casual-dining concept will use the funding to grow from five units to 30 over the next four years.

The six-unit fast-casual chain, known for its inventive taco fillings, is readying for initial growth around the East Coast thanks to an undisclosed investment deal from Investors Management Corporation.

The tech-enabled fast casual, which has nine locations, nabbed a $4 million cash infusion less than a year ago from industry veteran Greg Dollarhyde.

One Tortazo unit opened just before the pandemic began, but a second location of the Mexican sandwich concept recently opened in New York City. The brand said it remains bullish on urban centers despite the challenges.

Multi-acre facilities sporting multiple food and beverage outlets are springing up to provide fans of the game with a place to play, eat and drink.

Denver-based Mici Handcrafted Italian has some big-name advisors, well-oiled operations, a thriving rewards program, and it’s starting a major growth push after 17 years building its foundation.

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