Fast Casual

Papa John’s Founder Launches New Chain Of Fast-Casual Segregated Lunch Counters

LOUISVILLE, KY—In an effort to turn over a new leaf after being ousted from his own company last week, Papa John’s founder John Schnatter announced …

Humor

A Luxury Rosslyn Hotel Is Now Serving Tacos and Cheap Margaritas

Le Meridien Arlington just unveiled a new Mexican-themed outdoor terrace, dubbed The Yard Arlington.<p>The scenic eating and drinking destination, located on the fourth floor of the hotel (1121 19th Street, Rosslyn, Va.), features a lineup of tacos, sliders, guacamole, and frosé.<p><i>ARLnow</i> calls the menu …

Texas

Can Chipotle Mexican Grill Really Become a $10 Billion Business?

Its new CEO asserted that the restaurant chain could double its revenue again -- though he didn't say how long that might take.<p><b>Chipotle Mexican …

Investing

Renderings: Midtown’s latest food hall, rooftop comes into focus at Coda project

The Collective at Coda has lined up local favorites for Tech Square<p>As Midtown’s high-tech and much-hyped Coda preps for a topping-out celebration in September, exactly what the project will serve up at street level is coming more clearly into focus.<p>Beyond Coda’s 645,000 square feet of office space …

Atlanta

New Potbelly CEO Wants to Make Sandwiches More Interesting

The fast-casual chain has struggled in an increasingly crowded market<p>Potbelly Corp.’s new chief executive says more interesting sandwiches can save the struggling restaurant chain.<p>“You don’t differentiate yourself by calling yourself generic names,” said Alan Johnson, a consultant and retail …

Sandwiches

A Boozy Slushie Beach Bar Is Opening at Ponce City Market Tomorrow

PONCE CITY MARKET: Local popsicle purveyor King of Pops is opening a beach bar called O4W Beach Bar in the courtyard of the market on Thursday, July 19, What Now Atlanta reports. It’s housed inside a shipping container next to the entrance to the rooftop. The bar plans to sell boozy slushies like a …

Atlanta

Yes, Papa John's Should Be Sold to Wendy's (Or Someone Else): Rewind

JAB's last restaurant purchase was fast-casual chain Panera Bread in 2017. That deal ultimately came about after Panera founder and then CEO Ron …

Jim Cramer

Smash Park, venue that combines food, beer and pickleball, will open in West Des Moines in September

CLOSE<p>Pickleball, a variation of tennis, badminton and table tennis, is growing more popular by the day. So much so that a Chicago-area jail has …

Des Moines

Chipotle Is Testing An Avocado Tostada, & It’s Every Avo Lover’s Dream Come True

Chipotle is totally targeting millennials with a potential new menu item, and I'm not even mad about it. The fast-casual Tex-Mex chain is jumping on …

Fast Food

Rush Bowls opens new headquarters in Gunbarrel

Boulder-based fast-casual restaurant chain Rush Bowls, founded by Andrew Pudalov, has opened a new corporate headquarters and test kitchen in …

Boulder

Introducing the New Ohio City Galley Chefs

It's been nine months since we learned that Tyler Benson and Benjamin Mantica had plans to bring their innovative food hall concept to Cleveland. …

Cleveland

Which Charleston-grown food chain is headed to Charlotte?

Charleston’s homegrown version of fast-casual, custom-salad chain is making its first expansion beyond the Lowcountry, and it’s coming to …

Fast Food

Updated: Bok Bok Chicken Flies to Town Square

<b>Correction:</b> <i>This article was updated to reflect the correct chicken restaurant coming to Town Square. Bok a Bok Fried Chicken is not coming. Bok Bok Chicken is opening a location at Town Square.</i><p>A newcomer to the Las Vegas market will join an out-of-state success story later this year at <b>Town Square</b>’s …

Las Vegas

Casual Diners Care More About Freshness than Delivery | eMarketer Retail

Thanks to the proliferation of on-demand services, digital food delivery is easier than ever.<p>Depending on where you live, you might have multiple …

Food & Dining

The Minds Behind Peli Peli Kitchen are Building a Fast-Casual Empire

In 2009, budding restaurateur Thomas Nguyen teamed up with chef Paul Friedman to create Peli Peli, Houston’s only restaurant dedicated to South African cuisine. Thanks to its quirky fare and upscale vibe, Peli Peli quickly became a hit. A second location at the Galleria opened in 2014, and it was …

South Africa

Late Night Dallas Taco Spot Is Coming to South Congress

<b>Velvet Taco</b>, the funky late night fast-casual taco mini-chain from Dallas, is opening its second Austin location. It’ll be found <b>off South Congress Avenue on Music Lane</b>, within the same development as the members-only Soho House. It’s set to open in <b>2019</b>.<p>Velvet Taco’s new-school menu pulls …

Fast Food

Mezze Is the Key to Easy, Delicious Weekday Cooking for This NYC Chef/TV Host and Her Family

To say that Eden Grinshpan is an overachiever is an understatement: She’s a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, London (both pastry school and cuisine); is …

Top Chef

In Memoriam: The 5 Defunct Denver Restaurants We Miss Most

Once upon a time, Denver’s food scene included an old mine, a big rustic barn, and the ability to phone in your order from your restaurant booth.Here …

Texas

Salivate Over Slapfish’s Lobster-Heavy Opening Menu

Fast-casual SoCal chain Slapfish opens Friday, July 20 in Rockville with a seafood-forward lineup of clam chowder-topped fries, fish tacos, and poke bowls — and a debut menu section entirely devoted to lobster plucked from Atlantic Ocean waters.<p>Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Slapfish is projected …

Washington D.C.

IHOP Now Delivers Pancakes to Your Front Door

IHOP’s name change PR stunt didn’t exactly endear the company to customers, but its latest move might mend some wounds. The chain has announced plans …

Retail

Three Ways Restaurants Have Changed Since The Great Recession

You might think restaurants are struggling, given the number of famous and franchised places that have closed lately. In fact, the industry itself has fared well since the Great Recession.<p>But, some key things are different, according to the trade publication <i>Restaurant Business</i>. Jonathan Maze, RB’s …

Hospitality

Another fast-casual restaurant on Greenville Avenue in Dallas has closed

<b>BBBop Seoul Kitchen</b> has slimmed down its Dallas restaurants from three to two. The Korean fast-casual restaurant has closed the Lowest Greenville …

Fast Food

“Eggs Benedict, waffles, and omelets are the cornerstone of the kitchen’s all-day breakfast service.”

<i>Ed. Note: This is the former Pasara Thai space.</i>From a press release:“Monday, July 16 marks the opening of REWIND, a diner, and entertainment venue in …

Washington D.C.

So raw it’s right: or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the poke bowl trend

Recently I had a lunch that qualified simultaneously as the healthiest and trendiest meal I’d eaten in New Orleans in a long time.<p>It was a poke bowl, …

Baton Rouge

How Tender Greens Turned Its Suppliers Into Investors

The growing fast-casual chain Tender Greens used ingenuity, deal-making and vision to build a new kind of supply chain.<p>4 min read<p>This story appears in the July 2018 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>In 2003, before “fast casual” became restaurant industry buzzwords, Erik Oberholtzer, Matt Lyman and …

Startups

Dupont Circle’s New Diner Rewind Will Blast Retro Pop Classics

Rewind by Decades, Dupont Circle’s new throwback-themed diner, opened Monday, July 16 with two bars, breakfast at night, and a commitment to keeping the Backstreet Boys alive.<p>The two-level eating and drinking destination (1219 Connecticut Avenue NW), open daily 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., broadcasts popular …

Texas

Where robots and fine dining meet

Daniel Boulud develops automated fast-casual bowls for Spyce

Fast Food

Seattle Happy Hour hits: What may be the best burger deal in the city, and Tex-Mex snacks at a family-friendly hangout

A new Ethan Stowell spot enters the best-happy-hour race with $7 margaritas, while a new branch of Jak’s in Green Lake might just have the best …

Nobel Prize

Mexican Eats

Interested in trying some new Mexican eateries in Chicago? You’re in luck: we’ve found the freshest businesses to fill the bill. Here are the newest …

Mexico

Chicago Mediterranean restaurant Roti fills North Dallas lunch niche

In exciting news for hummus fans -- which, be honest, is all of us -- a growing restaurant chain from Chicago is expanding its Dallas presence with a …

Texas