Lisa Jennings

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Emerging Brands

5 pre-emerging restaurant brands ready for takeoff

These small concepts are still proving out their ideas, but each shows promise as a potential candidate for the next generation of emerging chains.

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Women restaurant owners get chance to rant about tipping, food costs and how to keep businesses alive

Members of Let's Talk Womxn from across the country got up on a literal soapbox during the National Restaurant Show to make their voices heard.

The restaurant industry is very powerful—if it can embrace the power of food as an agent of change, Jose Andres said at the National Restaurant Show on Monday.

Flynn Group LP has acquired Wendy's restaurants in New Zealand. The largest franchise operator in the world, Flynn already owns rights to develop the burger brand in Australia.

Optimizing menu performance and working with group purchasing organizations can boost profitability, according to a session at the National Restaurant Show.

At the National Restaurant Show on Sunday, executives from the groundbreaking concept created by Chipotle's founder shared how listening to workers and using their ideas can lower turnover and fundamentally improve the quality of food.

Rants about Chipotle's portion shrinkage are viral on TikTok, but the fast-casual chain insists nothing has changed and guests can just ask for more.

The fast-casual segment had a strong 2023 in terms of sales, boosted by unit growth and menu pricing.

After closing 14 units last year, the fast-casual burger chain continued "right-sizing" its portfolio in the first quarter, when its same-store sales plunged 13%.

The Behind You program by the Southern Smoke Foundation will connect those in the food-and-beverage industry to mental health services in five more states. The nonprofit hopes to raise $1 million this year for the expansion.

Known for its Cuban sandwiches and devil crabs, the 76-year-old Brocato's Sandwich Shop will continue to operate during the reorganization as it finds financial footing.

As the first location of the eatertainment concept prepares to open this week, this veteran of the segment is looking to grow his multi-brand portfolio under the umbrella Joy Trade. He's on the hunt for acquisitions.

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