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The leading independent restaurants lured diners with new seafood riffs as well as limited-time or seasonal menu offerings showcasing fresh ingredients. Here, successful menu additions from some of America's highest-grossing restaurants.
From Le Diplomate (No. 47)
Lavo Las Vegas (No. 45) serves it with celery, endive, red wine, fennel and oregano.
Offered at Atlanta Fish Market (No. 83)
From The Hamilton (No. 22)
Acme Feed & Seed (No. 67) presents the seasoned fried pork dish with black beans, plantains, habanero sauce and sweet habanero slaw.
The Bottega Louie (No. 13) translation includes lardons, English peas, garlic, Alfredo sauce, Grana Padano and a poached egg.
This hearty plate from Virgil's Real Barbecue (No. 85) holds Memphis-style pork spare ribs, sliced Texas beef brisket, Carolina pulled pork and barbecued chicken.
Makoto (No. 88) tops a grilled tortilla with tuna, tomato, red onion, anchovy aioli and cilantro.
Served at Tao Asian Bistro (No. 1)
Served with toasted cipollini onions, jalapeno-cheddar grits and cilantro pesto, at The Southern Steak & Oyster (No. 92).
The Dobsons will become minority investors in the 69-year-old burger chain, with the majority stake held by BDT, a financial institution that specializes in funding family-run businesses.
Winsight LLC announces promotion of Mary Pat Heftman to Vice Chairman of Winsight Exhibitions and addition of new president, Tom Cindric.
The first brand refresh in the fast-casual salad chain’s 14-year history includes a new store design, website and tech suite.
Jack’s Family Restaurants and Restaurants Unlimited are both on the block, according to separate reports, says RB’s The Bottom Line.
Up-and-coming restaurant chains and what’s propelling their growth
Food trends and recipes to keep menus fresh
New restaurants and soon-to-open concepts worth monitoring
RB’s exclusive ranking of the highest-grossing independent restaurants
Peter Romeo highlights the moments restaurateurs miss at their own peril
These 50 ideas go beyond what’s “cool” to deliver smart, trend-forward solutions that might just serve as an inspiration for others.