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Future 50: Emerging Brands

10 trends from The Future 50

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Earnings Roundup: Chuy's sales hurt by the Texas heat and Fat Brands looks for more acquisition targets.

Taste Tracker: Pickles to eat and drink at Sonic; BJs gets peanutty; Hatch chilies heat up Taco Cabana; Taco Bell does a corny strawberry dessert; Mooyah’s, Baskin-Robbins and Dolly Llama shake up cookies; and watermelon continues to trend.

Executives with some chains say their diners are shifting to discounts while others say their customers are spending more.

The burger chain broke ground on a new prototype with fewer or no seats, which it says can save on buildout costs and could prompt more development.