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Emerging Brands

New brands and soon-to-open concepts worth watching

Emerging Brands

Buzzworthy Brands: How Joella’s Hot Chicken is wooing wedding business

This growing fast-casual concept serves Nashville hot chicken with six hot sauce choices, from mild to “fire-in-da-hole.”

Emerging Brands

Culver’s hits the big time

But the chain is keeping its small-town Midwestern roots, even as it expands nationally.

The husband-and-wife team behind this emerging fast-casual chain is gaining momentum with a hyperfocused, on-trend menu.

The chain-building pair have invested in Boqueria, which they’ll also serve as directors.

The fast-casual chain, formerly known as Noon Mediterranean, filed for bankruptcy last year and was bought by Elite Restaurant Group.

The fast-casual burrito chain is unlocking its secret to catering: Keep it simple.

Hundreds of emerging-chain operators and others gathered this week in Los Angeles for the 2019 Restaurant Directions conference. Speakers offered guidance for those in the midst of trying to grow young brands.

The full-service, health-focused chain—founded by restaurateur Sam Fox and wellness guru Dr. Andrew Weil more than a decade ago—is also launching a standalone cocktail/juice bar in Las Vegas.

The farm-to-table concept, which is expanding, launching a delivery service and opening a culinary training center, says its new name better reflects that it’s “more than a restaurant.”

Chain executives share what’s fueling change.

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