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Emerging Brands

New brands and soon-to-open concepts worth watching

Emerging Brands

800 Degrees Pizza to open 500 ghost kitchens with Reef

It's the latest major growth push for the pizza chain, which is also planning to launch thousands of robotic pizza kiosks.

Emerging Brands

Hot chicken concepts are red hot right now

Lots of money has flowed into emerging hot chicken chains in recent weeks as the Gen Z-friendly segment readies for massive growth.

It has partnered with the Dallas-based Saxton Group to open 10 locations of the fast casual in Texas and Oklahoma.

The latest episode of the “Buzzworthy Brands” podcast features H&H Bagels, which has been in business for nearly 50 years, and is now getting its operations and systems in place to begin franchising.

The 180-unit brand, which sells cupcakes and ice cream and is largely owned by franchisees, will be led by a new team as it is prepped for growth.

Ike’s executives will now take over development, operations and marketing for three-unit fast-casual chain Bangin’ Buns as it grows.

In the nearly 30 years since opening his first restaurant, Fox has become a concept developer whose ideas regularly get scooped up by big-time investors and chains.

The money will be used to fuel growth of the Miami-based fast casual, as well as buying out franchisees to convert the eight current restaurants to company-owned stores.

The former NBA star’s fast-casual chicken concept is getting into ghost kitchens, franchising and cruise ships, all the while finding the best ways to leverage its famous founder’s image.

Rob Giuliani and his partner, Abby Taylor, started with a stand on the Jersey shore selling smoothies and acai bowls and grew it into a 126-unit chain.

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