Emerging Brands

New brands and soon-to-open concepts worth watching

Emerging Brands

Buffalo Wild Wings has big plans for small-scale spinoff BWW Go

The full-service chicken wing chain this week opened its 100th Go location and has franchisee commitments to open nearly 600 more of the takeout-focused restaurants.

Emerging Brands

How breakfast player Squeeze In is primping to find its future growth partner

Squeeze In is known for omelets, generously boozy brunch cocktails and a joyfully wacky community vibe. Here's how the two sisters who own the brand plan to reach 100 units within a decade.

Chicago-based eatertainment chain Punch Bowl Social has acquired two new brands that it plans to grow. One is karaoke-concept Voicebox and the other is an immersive art experience called Sweet Tooth Hotel. Both have cocktail bars.

These three chains are big in Asia and elsewhere, but they opened units in the U.S. for the first time last week. Two are full-service concepts, from China and Mongolia, and a third is an innovative pastry shop from Taiwan.

The delivery-centric food hall startup founded by entrepreneur Marc Lore has now raised $1.5 billion to date and plans to expand to 90 locations by the end of next year.

The fry-centric virtual restaurant brand has nearly tripled in size since the acquisition thanks to partnerships with Mexican chains such as On the Border and Monterey’s Little Mexico.

The properties will become part of a new digital restaurant company called Everybody Eats that will include C3 and Nextbite.

The joint company, BiteLabs, will span the Americas with its high-tech, multibrand fast casuals. Just don’t call it a ghost kitchen.

This new concept coming to St. Louis will have two hydroponic vertical farms attached to the restaurant where fresh lettuces are harvested just feet away from diners.

The first Whole Foods Market Daily Shop will offer groceries as well as grab-and-go meals and a cafe concept called Juice & Java.

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