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Heather Lalley

Editor, Foodservice Group

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Heather Lalley is an editor with Winsight's Foodservice Group, covering emerging restaurant concepts for Restaurant Business magazine and RB Online. She also works with Winsight's sister company Technomic to produce research-based reports on emerging restaurants and chains.

Heather spent nearly a decade as a reporter for the daily newspaper in Spokane, Wash. She is the author of "The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook," about chefs who work with area farmers. She holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the two-year baking and pastry program at Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago.

She is the mother of two children and rarely passes up a chance to eat tater tots.

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Heather Lalley

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Emerging Brands

Curry Up Now plots expansion with latest cash infusion

The Indian fast-casual chain recently received a venture-capital investment from a firm backed by former NFL player Joe Montana.

Leadership

Postino parent adds to its C-suite

Upward Projects hires a CFO and chief development officer as it works to expand its casual-dining concept.

Private-equity firm KKR & Co. is discussing strategy with the eatertainment chain as it raises its stake to 10.7%.

With the Super Bowl fast approaching, here are the chains with the most-craveable chicken wings, according to Technomic consumer data.

The fast-casual chain released preliminary Q4 sales showing a 12.2% same-store sales increase.

The pie and coffee concept is growing units while also expanding its wholesale, e-commerce and CPG segments.

The fast-casual chain plans to add a new meat-free item in every menu category by the end of next year.

Bartek's unconventional marketing methods are bringing notice to both himself and The Halal Guys.

Tortazo, which sells Mexican sandwiches, bowls, salads and churros, features a full bar and has plans to grow.

These restaurants are thinking beyond robotics and automation to increase throughput.

Todd Madlener has been with the growing fast-casual chain since 2018.

Experts are mining science and nature for the next major protein source.

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