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Editors’ Roundtable: Will the Delta variant hurt the recovery?

RB editors give their views on the latest surge of coronavirus infections and its potential to limit the restaurant industry’s recovery.


5 Chicago restaurant concepts land at Purdue University

Cornerstone Restaurant Group is expanding to the Indiana college campus with its chef-curated brands, opening kiosks at the remodeled student union.

The chain’s future growth rests on how many burritos and bowls it can churn out every minute, CEO Brian Niccol said.

With COVID infections rising again because of the Delta variant, some areas are already asking restaurants to voluntary require face coverings. Health officials say a return to mandates is likely.

The Focus Brands’ fast-casual chain is in the midst of a major reinvigoration that includes new store designs, modernization, menu changes and more.

The move marks one of the first instances of safety measures being re-imposed because of the fast-spreading Delta variant of coronavirus.

The Korean fried chicken chain said it is seeing AUVs comparable to its full-service restaurants with a smaller footprint, less labor and pared-down menu.

Brian Niccol said the fast-casual burrito chain is feeling the impact of rising prices.

The Italian restaurant, a favorite of former President Obama and a breeding ground for top chefs, said it could not negotiate a deal with its landlord.

When deciding which brand to open a franchise with, operators need to consider whether it’ll be different enough for the area they plan to operate in.

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