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LYFE Kitchen

Emerging Brands

LYFE Kitchen begins its 2nd act

The fast-casual chain’s new owner plans to expand the health-focused restaurant in and around Chicago after buying it from Carlisle Corp.

Financing

Carlisle Corp. sells off struggling LYFE Kitchen

The three-unit brand is bought by Chicago-based L3 Hospitality Group, a former franchisee.

The once-promising fast casual is down to just four stores.

Operators aren’t landing the buy-in for vegetarian dishes.

With most chains trying to score valuable real estate on their customers’ phones, the Restaurant Business team took a look at 25 restaurant apps to see what’s working—and what’s not.

Despite consumer interest in better-for-you fare, some health-focused fast casuals have been slowing growth.

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