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Kelsey Nash

Managing Editor, FoodServiceDirector.com

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Kelsey Nash

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The most notable openings of 2016

2016 was a busy year for restaurant openings, with everyone from Chipotle to Pepsi launching revamped or brand new concepts. Here’s a look at the most notable openings of 2016, divided into seven categories: offshoots, brand extensions, fried chicken brands, poke brands, new spots from the big guns, revamps and game changers.

Emerging Brands

Health-minded concepts in the fast lane

As the demand for fresh, made-to-order menus expands to all types of limited-service concepts, operators are looking to separate themselves from the fray.

Two new changes in brand leadership underscore challenges of the current restaurant climate, as the unseated execs held their respective roles for fewer than eight months.

Industry veteran Debra Eybers is taking up the post.

The breakfast-and-brunch brand is banking on a new investment to expand its reach.

The chain’s COO will assume Schultz's post come April.

Don't expect to find Taco Bell or Chipotle on the list of Foursquare users' most-loved sources of the Tex-Mex staple. But Waffle House is there, along with one-offs in such unexpected locales as Charlotte, N.C. Here are the top 20 joints, along with why they top the rankings.

The layout aims to appeal to younger diners with a full-service bar and a new prepared foods section.

The QSR has tapped its EVP of U.S. operations to take the helm.

The chain’s new unit design will feature exhibition baking via its so-called Biscuit Theater.

The chain’s fourth Cantina unit debuted a new brand logo and the sale of Taco Bell merchandise ranging from hats to bikinis.

As less formal eateries keep grabbing market share, some full-service spots are responding with a one-two punch: two brands under one roof.

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