Emerging Brands

New brands and soon-to-open concepts worth watching

Emerging Brands

All aboard: Kura's high-tech sushi train picks up speed

The fast-growing Japanese brand wants to bring sushi to the American masses by outsourcing much of the work to machines.

Emerging Brands

Peter Piper changes its model to grow outside its core markets

Parent company CEC Entertainment recently opened a fast-casual version, Peter Piper Pizzeria, in a bid to differentiate itself from sister chain Chuck E. Cheese.

A dark-and-moody seafood spot opens in San Francisco; Harry's takes its beef Wellington to Florida; and TikTok star Tue Nguyen lands a partnership with The H.wood Group in Los Angeles.

Doherty Enterprises has signed on to bring the Asian concept to the Greater New York City area.

After some brand tinkering and a little help from Netflix, the chain has Americans hooked on its “best of the best quality” Korean fried chicken.

This Japan-born chain has 500 units across Asia and in May launched franchising in the U.S. and Canada with an eye on university settings.

The private-equity firm had already made an investment in the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich brand, but now has acquired the remaining equity.

John Mackey and several former Whole Foods execs are building a restaurant brand around the notion that food is medicine. The plant-based restaurant is only one part of the brand, which will later include medical services and wellness programs.

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila’s winning combo of street tacos, frozen drinks, DJs and bar food is positioning the concept for growth.

The Bobby's Burgers concept is already in six nontraditional locations, in casinos and Yankee Stadium. Now the first multi-unit franchisee agreement will bring a street side version to Chicago.

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