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Kitchen LTO

Every four months, at Kitchen LTO, a new chef rolls out their own menu while a new designer puts their stamp on the interior’s transformable elements. Currently, Stefania Morandi’s contemporary design pairs with Eric Shelton’s new American menu for a limited run.

2016 Top 500 restaurant chains

More than half of the restaurant industry’s $491 billion in sales come from the Top 500 chains. And these giants grew at a modestly stronger rate, both in terms of sales and store counts, than the industry overall. Restaurant Business focused on the leading 250 performers to identify trends for our first-ever special report delivering lessons from Technomic’s annual Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. This special package includes lessons for all operators from the largest chains by segment, menu category and more.

As concepts fight for a foothold in the crowded restaurant industry, determination to be on the cutting edge drives many decisions. These 10 groundbreakers all pushed the envelope during the last 12 months in terms of both design and operation, bending traditions and blurring lines within their typical space to set new directions.

The win over Starbucks by Simon Property Group could have a "chilling effect" on landlord-tenant negotiations.

Founded in Atlanta in 1997, Teavana aims to spread the gospel of tea via company-owned stores that it describes as "part tea bar, part tea emporium." Often referred to as "the Starbucks of tea," the chain sells loose-leaf tea, tea-based drinks and tea-oriented merchandise. Founders Andrew and Nancy Mack pioneered the mall-based tea shop concept, which is so focused on its core product that it doesn't offer food.

The settlement with Simon Property Group would apparently allow some locations to shut down.