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Emerging Brands

New brands and soon-to-open concepts worth watching

Emerging Brands

Savory Fund invests in boozy brunch chain Hash Kitchen

The Arizona-based casual-dining concept will use the funding to grow from five units to 30 over the next four years.

Emerging Brands

Golden Corral parent partners to expand Taco Bamba

The six-unit fast-casual chain, known for its inventive taco fillings, is readying for initial growth around the East Coast thanks to an undisclosed investment deal from Investors Management Corporation.

The tech-enabled fast casual, which has nine locations, nabbed a $4 million cash infusion less than a year ago from industry veteran Greg Dollarhyde.

One Tortazo unit opened just before the pandemic began, but a second location of the Mexican sandwich concept recently opened in New York City. The brand said it remains bullish on urban centers despite the challenges.

Multi-acre facilities sporting multiple food and beverage outlets are springing up to provide fans of the game with a place to play, eat and drink.

Denver-based Mici Handcrafted Italian has some big-name advisors, well-oiled operations, a thriving rewards program, and it’s starting a major growth push after 17 years building its foundation.

The Toasted Yolk Cafe is going head-to-head with others in its growing full-service breakfast-lunch category.

The bright-colored drinks, studded with tapioca pearls, are social media darlings and the segment is growing fast. But will supply chain challenges get in the way?

The 50-unit chain is breaking sales records with a proven concept and some pandemic-era adaptations.

The fast casual, with two former Chipotle Mexican Grill execs in its C-suite, said it doesn’t want to be the “Chipotle of pizza,” although there are some notable similarities.

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