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Emerging Brands

New brands and soon-to-open concepts worth watching

Emerging Brands

Walk-On's is opening an Atlanta office

The satellite to its Baton Rouge HQ will house finance, analytics and tech departments to help support the chain's rapid growth.

Emerging Brands

Tony Roma’s gets ready for its fast casual debut

The 50-year-old casual-dining chain, which has shrunk to just seven U.S. units, sees a future in its smaller Bones & Burgers offshoot.

A scaled-down riff called Friendly's Cafe will fire up its kitchen next month.

Poke House has taken a minority stake in the 14-unit poke fast casual based in Southern California, allowing it to speed up its growth.

Robbie Robinson, co-founder of the Pendulum Holdings investment and advisory group, partnered with Chopt parent Founder’s Table to bring capital to operators who typically don’t get funding.

The Texas-based better-burger fast casual used the pandemic’s challenges to become leaner and stronger. Then it decided to buy a competitor and it might scoop up more.

Money was slow to start flowing at the outset of 2021, but interest in emerging concepts picked up in the back half of the year.

The fast-casual pizza concept, which has about 60 units, plans to open 40 new stores by the end of next year. It also isn’t ruling out a possible IPO one day.

The tech-enabled, golf-focused eatertainment chain has 11 units now with at least five more slated for 2022.

The scaled-down spinoff will serve pancake bowls, burgers and more—mainly for takeout. It's the first of 10 slated for the Big Apple.

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