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Emerging Brands

New brands and soon-to-open concepts worth watching

Emerging Brands

How a waffle-and-ice cream concept is becoming a surprise delivery star

Social media is generating buzz for The Dolly Llama, a four-unit dessert concept based in Southern California.

Emerging Brands

Full-service chains test-drive a fleet of new growth vehicles

Diversification into new concepts is sweeping through casual dining in particular. Here’s a rundown of who’s trying what.

The polished-casual operator intends to stay in the high end of the casual market with a new steak and seafood venture.

The 13-unit, full-service taco concept plans to nearly quadruple the size of its commissary early next year as it gets ready to expand.

Steve Greer comes to the fast casual from Real Mex Restaurants and Outback Steakhouse.

The company changed its name to accommodate the launch of Clark Crew BBQ.

The Ron Shaich-funded, all-organic fast casual is putting money into its interiors and building a calendar of special events to give customers more reasons to stop in.

Next up for the casual-dining brand is a members-only club for dogs, too.

Created by accident, the Mediterranean fast casual’s “minibowls” are now drawing mega sales.

Former Food Network host Willie Degel is growing his upscale-casual concept by giving diners more reasons to stop in.

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