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Emerging Brands

New brands and soon-to-open concepts worth watching

Emerging Brands

Newcomers to the Top 500

These chains made their debut on the Top 500 ranking.

Emerging Brands

Emerging chains flip from growth mode to survival

Restaurant Business has been profiling Buzzworthy Brands for the past year. Many of these brands have had to shift their focus as the coronavirus pandemic halted their growth.

The fast-casual chain is adding pop-up drive-thrus and seeing success with bulk preorders of its chicken salad.

The Chicago-based doughnut-maker is redoing its decor and emphasizing its coffee program as it seeks to become more of an all-day hangout.

The lemonade and acai bowl fast casual recently transplanted its headquarters to Arizona as it readies for growth.

Robert Cornog and Richard Flaherty plan to expand the 200-unit Asian noodle concept on this side of the Atlantic.

Humble chicken salad may be an unlikely growth driver, but don’t tell this fast-casual chain.

With same-store sales nearly double those of its big sister in Q4, Bubba’s intends to expand by 25% in 2020.

Flight Club, with its focus on darts and high-end food and drink, breaks out from the eatertainment pack by not catering to kids and families.

At growth chain Tocaya Organica, all dishes start out plant-based, with the option to add meat and dairy items.

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