Emerging Brands

New brands and soon-to-open concepts worth watching

Emerging Brands

How Sean Brock is spreading joy via Joyland

The famed Southern chef is ready to grow his fast-casual concept, saying it’s “a great privilege for somebody to make something as simple as a burger and fries and see how happy it makes people.”

Emerging Brands

How Tacos 1986 is scaling the magic of a Tijuana-style taqueria

It has been a journey that involved pure grit, stretching the truth at times and former first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. But this seven-unit Los Angeles chain is preparing for the next phase of growth.

The data from the online dining guide Yelp shows that restaurants opened at a faster rate last year than they did in pre-pandemic 2019, led by Mexican restaurants and pubs.

The trademark lawsuit made famous on social media is now officially over. Now Dirty Dough's new managing partner has plans for growth that could bring the stuffed cookies to grocery aisles.

The four-unit Hart House plans to more than double in size this year, and some of that growth might come from an acquisition.

The c-store chain is buying the Laredo Taco Co. fast-food units it doesn't currently own, along with the Stripes c-stores that house them.

Expected to open in February, Kernel will attempt to reinvent the team member experience. Brand president Stephen Goldstein describes how the concept is designed to benefit both the planet and workers.

With a head-turning design and an engaged venture capital backer, Greenlane could shake up the healthful fast-casual segment.

Here are a few concepts to watch in 2024. Some have only barely gotten started, but they promise big things.

Industry veterans Aziz Hashim and Mike Rotondo are behind The Pickle Pad, a franchise concept scheduled to debut next year.

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