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Fast casual
has angst
to overcome

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. wrote that “maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists,” and so it has been with the coming-of-age fast-casual restaurant segment.

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The Bottom Line: Investment bankers initially pushed the healthy fast-casual franchise as a $1 billion brand. It never came close to that. And then the pandemic hit.

The parent of Applebee’s and IHOP wants to supercharge the concept’s growth without changing what has worked so far at the 138-unit taco chain.

Dine Brands Global, which also operates IHOP, will get its long-desired growth concept in the 138-unit fast-casual brand.

The fast-casual chains will be operated by newly created operating platform Convive Brands.

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