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Special Reports

Special Reports

The Future 50

This year’s class of America’s up-and-coming chains faces an uncertain future. But as the coronavirus hit, these small and innovative concepts were characteristically quick to adapt, repacking menu items into meal kits, creating pop-up drive-thrus and more. Here’s a look at how they got here, and where they plan to go next.

Here are some key milestones from the last 100 years.

With about one-tenth of the American workforce in the restaurant space, there’s no denying that industry has had a hand in shaping labor in America.

Back-of-house tech has come a long way since crushed ice dispensers were considered innovative.

After relocating from Kansas City, Mo., to the more central location of Chicago, the National Restaurant Association continued to focus on Depression issues.

The restaurant industry faced a critical challenge when President John F. Kennedy posed a hike in the federal minimum wage as a patriotic way of combating poverty and a growing disparity in incomes.

When war broke out with Iraq over its invasion of Kuwait, U.S. restaurants braced for a downturn in traffic.

Bold attempts to disrupt the business often fizzled, but not before influencing the industry’s direction.

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