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Emerging Brands

New brands and soon-to-open concepts worth watching

Emerging Brands

How a South Korean bakery-café chain is growing in the U.S. selling French pastries

Self-service cases mean big average checks at Paris Baguette, which is rolling out a new prototype to spotlight its top-selling cakes.

Emerging Brands

Slutty Vegan gets $25M investment from group that includes Danny Meyer’s Enlightened Hospitality Investments

The plant-based burger concept will use the money to beef up its C-suite and fuel its expansion, CEO and founder Pinky Cole said.

Drive-thrus and a super-simple menu propelled Hawaiian Bros. Island Grill into the Top 500, with year-over-year sales growth of 172%.

Greg Willman was the Middle Eastern concept’s first franchisee in March 2020. Now, he’s the chain’s CEO and owner as it works to rebuild.

The c-store chain known for its food expects to reach about 1,800 locations by the end of the decade, its CEO said.

Fast-casual chicken chains grew their sales by more than 24% over 2019—more than any other segment tracked by the Top 500.

Crisp & Green, founded in 2016 by former fitness chain executive Steele Smiley, said it has been profitable every quarter and that it is seeing $2.5 million average unit volumes.

Zunzi’s was doing well as a traditional fast casual, its CEO said, but then it added a bar and sales soared. Now, it’s changed its franchising plans.

The Indian fast casual’s founders said the money will allow the chain to expand along the East Coast to offer its “authentic and accessible” fare in more cities.

The 17-unit fast-casual adopted practices from bigger brands early on which have helped it navigate through the pandemic with strong sales.

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