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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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Emerging Brands

How Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup is plotting its post-pandemic future

ThinkFoodGroup is planning to open new units as it deals with the fallout from the pandemic and finds new ways to operate.


La Madeleine tests Walmart locations

La Madeleine is testing Walmart units. As big chains like McDonald’s and Subway leave their retail units, the French bakery/cafe brand plans to open 10 Express restaurants this summer.

But the 13-unit Chicago-based concept's lender is crying foul, calling the filing a "stunt" and arguing the filings were made in bad faith.

Fazoli's installed fryers and has made pandemic-popular wings available at all franchised and company-owned locations.

Blaze Pizza hires Brad Reynolds as CFO. Reynolds most recently served as COO of multiconcept ghost kitchen operator C3.

Restaurant accelerator Venture Kitchen, the owner of Blackwood BBQ and Naansense, has acquired health-focused concept FARE.

The pandemic has pushed Panera Bread to quietly end its self-delivery program.

Del Posto has permanently closed, and Melissa J. Rodriguez, the high-end Italian restaurant’s executive chef, has purchased the location with an investor group.

Chipotle Mexican Grill's stock keeps surging. The fast casual, which reports its Q1 earnings next week, notched a record per share price Monday of more than $1,567.

Across the country, restaurant operations are realizing that coming out of mothball mode is more complicated than merely flipping on the lights.

Asian-American restaurant operators are taking a proactive stance against bigotry and the rise in violent crimes.

Roti is facing multiple eviction lawsuits. The fast-casual Mediterranean chain, which is permanently closing one third of its units, is being sued by some of its landlords after not paying rent for more than a year.

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