The MCOs behind some of the top-grossing independents (Page 48) have been busy. They are launching new concepts in an admittedly tumultuous climate. But they’ve already cracked the code in running some of the country’s biggest restaurants, and they’re adopting similar formulas when launching these new brands.
1. Tomato Palace
Reconcepted as a live music venue.
Clyde’s Restaurant Group
2. Gibsons Italia
Touted as an upscale Italian steakhouse.
Gibsons Restaurant Group
Takeout and delivery spot serving fried chicken, ribs and lobster.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
The second location of the California-inspired Italian concept.
5. Luchini Pizzeria & Bar
Tao's foray into fast-casual pizza
6. The Highlight Room
A rooftop, poolside lounge and grill.
New York City
Dubbed a "retro adult playground" with arcade games, pinball and bowling.
8. Woolworth on 5th
A soon-to-open multistory homage to soul food and soul music.
Orlando (Disney Springs)
Chef Jose Andres will take his Spanish spot to Disney in 2018.
Think Food Group