Taste trends: fermented flavors riding in on the heat wave

Consumers are developing a taste for fermented foods like kimchi, craft pickles and fish sauce, according to the newest Culinary Trend Tracking Series (CuTTS) from Packaged Facts.


Is Asian cuisine the new darling of fast casual?

Asian food is perfect for a fast casual setting because it's easily customizable, has healthy options and is portable.

Fast Casual releases 2012 Top 100 Movers & Shakers

The Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers ranks the top concepts, people, technology, menu and innovation trends that impacted the segment in 2011.

Foumami Asian Sandwich Bar

Foumami Asian Sandwich Bar opened in 2010 in Boston's Financial District. The restaurant was founded by third-genereration restaurateur Michael Wang, whose grandfather opened an upscale Chinese restaurant in Asia in 1945. Foumami is an Asian sandwich bar that serves breakfast and lunch.

Is flex-casual the new fast casual?

Fast casuals may embrace aspects of casual dining to keep up with customer demand.

U.S. restaurants join Japan earthquake relief effort

Chains and independents are sponsoring promotions and contributing funds to help with the earthquake/tsunami recovery.

Panda Express on expansion fast track

The Asian restaurant chain plans to grow 70 percent throughout the next five years.

Street food adoption papers approved

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Sushi rolls (slowly) into fast casual

What might seem an odd fit for fast casual’s price point and service style, finds some solid ground.

Ethnic fast casuals will be strong in 2010

Reports continue to show that ethnic flavors are gaining in consumer popularity.

Ethnic fast casuals will be strong in 2010

Reports continue to show that ethnic flavors are gaining in consumer popularity.

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How Do You Roll? signs franchise deals in Chicago, New York

How Do You Roll? announced the signing of franchise deals in Chicago and New York.

Hai Street Kitchen & Co. launches Screaming Tuna Roll

Hai Street Kitchen & Co recently added the Screaming Tuna Roll to its menu. The Screaming Tuna Roll features raw, chopped Yellowfin Tuna mixed with kimchi, gochujang sauce and sesame oil rolled-up with pickled mango, lettuce, carrot, cucumber, red onion...

Teriyaki Madness announces deal to double locations by 2015

Teriyaki Madness recently announced five new franchise deals that will double the total number of locations across the U.S. by 2015. Teriyaki Madness recently signed agreements that will move the brand into new markets including Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and Tennessee.

Bibigo reopening updated LA-area restaurant

Bibigo announced plans to reopen its revamped Century City Mall location on June 25. "In an effort to enhance the customer experience and help people discover the distinct flavors of Korean cuisine, our Bibigo location at Century City Mall has...

Asian Box expands footprint in California

Asian Box is now open in Mountain View, Calif. The concept's second location, at 142 Castro St., debuted in late December 2012 with a limited menu and hours.

Tin Drum brings on new investor

Atlanta-based BIP Opportunities Fund LP is taking a minority interest in the rapidly growing Pan Asian fast casual chain Tin Drum Asiacafe (Tin Drum). The investment in Tin Drum, also based in Atlanta, will provide the necessary capital to fuel...

Mama Fu's revamps restaurants

Mama Fu's Asian House has implemented a more contemporary design in three of its restaurants with plans to give all new locations the updated look. Mama Fu's expects to have another 10 to 14 units open by the end of...

Panda Express' 1,500th store opens with new look

Panda Express has reached a major milestone, announcing the opening of its 1,500th location. Located at 585 N.

Panda Express to debut new look

Panda Express Wednesday is launching its "Bright and Fresh" concept at its newest Dallas area restaurant located at 12203 Lake June Road. The company founders Andrew and Peggy Cherng will attend the opening that also includes a ribbon cutting ceremony...

Sarku Japan system expands in New York City market

Sarku Japan continues the northeast expansion of its franchise program with the opening of six new Teriyaki and Sushi Express stores in the New York metropolitan area. New locations include Brooklyn, Long Island, Harlem, Yonkers and two stores in Queens....

Asian Box set to expand in California

San-Francisco-based Asian Box has announced its plans for two additional locations in the Bay Area, debuting in Mountain View this fall and Burlingame in early 2013. The restaurant first opened in spring 2012 in Palo Alto’s Town & Country Village....

Noodles & Company hits 300 units

Noodles & Company has announced the opening of its 300th restaurant system-wide. The restaurant is located in Waterloo, Iowa. To commemorate the landmark event, Noodles & Company invited hundreds of loyal guests to form a huge “300” on the ground and an aerial photo was taken from a helicopter.

Panda Express launches Surf & Turf promo

Panda Express is introducing its Surf and Turf promotion beginning July 11. As part of the promotion, Panda Express is bringing back its popular Peppercorn Shrimp, which can be paired with a new guest favorite, Shanghai Angus Steak, to create...

Panda Express extends evening hours

To celebrate its extended evening summer hours, participating Panda Express street locations are giving away a free single serving of Orange Chicken on June 1 from 9 p.m. to close. Guests can now download a coupon on Facebook for a...

Centerbridge Partners commences tender offer outstanding shares of P.F. Chang's

In connection with a previously announced merger agreement entered into to acquire P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc., Wok Parent LLC, Wok Holdings Inc.

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