Emerging Brands

New brands and soon-to-open concepts worth watching

Emerging Brands

How a growing sushi concept is prepping for franchising

10-year-old Sushi Sake is standardizing its operations as it opens its doors to franchisees.

Emerging Brands

With Fox deal done, Cheesecake Factory embarks on a new growth plan

The acquisition provides a standout operator with a standing concept-development lab.

Junzi Kitchen, which recently received $5 million in an early funding round, is looking at ghost kitchens and other outside-the-box models to fuel its growth.

The fast-casual salad concepts will continue to operate under their own brands, with Darden Coors as CEO of the newly formed Salad Collective banner.

The grocery chain, which is expanding its full-service restaurant concept, opened a food hall at a new store in downtown Cincinnati.

Bill Phelps is now the CEO of Dave’s Hot Chicken, a growing fast casual selling spicy chicken tenders and sliders.

The growing “pour house” brand is finding success with local brews, comprehensive employee training and an expanding events business.

After closing nearly two dozen units, the sandwich and soup concept is reentering growth mode under Gold Star Brands ownership with a smaller prototype and renewed focus.

Social media is generating buzz for The Dolly Llama, a four-unit dessert concept based in Southern California.

Diversification into new concepts is sweeping through casual dining in particular. Here’s a rundown of who’s trying what.

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