Emerging Brands

2018 top independent restaurants in Washington, D.C.


The Bottom Line: The fast-casual chain’s problems following new menu debuts in 2021 and 2022 show that adding new items isn’t always the right idea.

The 32-unit Mexican-themed chain formalized catering by focusing on the culinary and digital experience.

Once reserved for the internet only, virtual brands are making their way onto in-restaurant menus and even their own brick-and-mortars, and seeing good results.

The pool of managers entitled to time-and-a-half pay will jump again on Jan. 1, then increase every three years.