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Consumer Trends

6 ethnic pork concepts capitalizing on consumer demand

Here are six ethnic pork concepts to watch out for as consumers look to order more Asian and Mexican pork dishes at restaurants, according to new Technomic data.

Operations

What operators need to know about Houlihan’s planned turnaround

Casual-dining veteran and Houlihan's CEO Mike Archer spoke with Restaurant Business on what changes he’s brought in—and still plans to make—that should keep competitors on their toes, from bar revamps to delivery service. There are even a few lessons from Houlihan’s that others pushing to modernize can learn.

The number of food halls in the U.S. is set to double by 2020, thanks to the combination of increasing restaurant rents and a rise in foodie culture (particularly among millennials). Here’s a look at some food halls expected to launch in 2017, from San Francisco to Raleigh, N.C.

Chef Jose Garces—named one of RB’s Power 20 operators last year for his local empire—switched gears with an Italian concept in Philadelphia called 24 Wood Fired Fare.

While fast casual’s collective sales may be slowing due to segment maturation, money is still going into the segment. These four concepts are rising above the slowdown.

Billed as the "Biggest Opening of 2016" when it launched in December, SingleThread is a fine-dining concept dedicated to the details, from an in-depth surveillance system to condensationless water cups.

The founders of California Pizza Kitchen switched gears with their new opening, an upscale casual-dining seafood restaurant. Here's a look at the concept, and how they plan to use their real estate connections to expand nationwide.

Traditionally a slow time for restaurant launches, the holiday season this year ushered in a slew of new concepts. Here’s a look at some of the just-opened restaurants on our radar.

Restaurant Business has covered which trends we expect to see more of in 2017, but what about the trends that should stay in 2016? For the answer to that question, we reached out to some of the country’s top operators and chefs, from emerging chain leaders like Mendocino Farms CEO Mario del Pero to James Beard award winners such as Mindy Segal and Michael Symon.

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.

Managing social media can be overwhelming, but at Arby’s headquarters in Atlanta, the three-person social media team handles the task in-house—literally.

Nearly a year after the 30-year-old original closed, the new version of Danny Meyer’s iconic fine-dining restaurant is finally set to reopen. Here’s a look at how the highly influential concept is adjusting to the times.