Emerging Brands

How Tacos 1986 is scaling the magic of a Tijuana-style taqueria

It has been a journey that involved pure grit, stretching the truth at times, and former first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. But this seven-unit Los Angeles chain is preparing for the next phase of growth.

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Financing

Why Wingstop isn't afraid of Popeyes' chicken wings

The Bottom Line: The fast-casual wing chain says its sales improve when another brand pushes the product. Here’s why that might be.

Food

Mendocino Farms masters a meaty Philly cheesesteak sandwich—without the meat

Behind the Menu: The fast casual uses a mushroom-based meat alternative for its Philly Shroomsteak Sandwich, a new menu item targeted to flexitarians, not just vegans.

Technology

The restaurant of the future will be a platform, not a chain

Tech Check: Multibrand companies like Inspire and the new GoTo Foods are circling the wagons around technology. Here's why that's a smart idea.