Emerging Brands

How Steve Ells' new Kernel aims to change the labor equation

Expected to open in February, Kernel will attempt to reinvent the team member experience. Brand president Stephen Goldstein describes how the concept is designed to benefit both the planet and workers.
The debut menu at Kernel is short and sweet, and all plant-based. |All photos courtesy of Kernel.

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