The perfect pitch: 3 restaurant concepts


Entrepreneurs from Burgers n’ Fries Forever, Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez and Pincho Factory pitched concepts to a panel of distinguished investors and consultants who provided professional advice.


FCES15: Real estate decision requires lots of homework, data insight

As any business owner knows the location decision can sink the business or be the foundation of initial success and growth. But it involves much more than negotiating a lease or property purchase.

Are you following the 12 dos and don'ts of restaurant financing?

Although there is no secret recipe for raising funds to open a business, there are some practices that should always be followed and even more to avoid.

Could your restaurant survive a 15% decrease in business?

The question we field more than any other when talking to small merchants is, “Who is making me become PCI compliant?” The answer is too complicated to simply point at one entity and say, “It’s this guy, right here.” In...

Transparency is the Key to Successful Menu Labeling

My NRA show experience started out with a session on Menu Labeling first thing Saturday morning and was a perfect way for me to begin this amazing conference. Unsure what I was expecting but it turned out to be a...

Tiki, sangria, kombucha …oh my!

Winter is to spring as the economic crisis is to the recovery. And thank goodness spring is finally here. The grasses and strawberries set out their roots and shoots in search of unconquered ground.

U.S. restaurants join Japan earthquake relief effort

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

Concept review: America’s Next Greatest Restaurant

By Linda Duke Any restaurant operator watching American’s Next Greatest Restaurant this week would have gone absolutely nuts watching the contestants trying to pull off a lunch rush service at a busy Chipotle. It was excruciating as they botched orders and the line backed up outside.

Food trucks: Taking your brand to the streets

By Tom Smith These days, some of the food that’s moving fastest is … the food that’s moving fastest. Brick and mortar operations are finding an increasingly important opportunity in food that drives to its customer — rather than the...

Be allergy aware: A quick guide to the most common food allergies

Eight foods are responsible for 90% of food allergic reactions. I've assembled this guide to help you (and your kitchen) be on the lookout for a food allergy. MilkMilk allergies are caused by an allergy to one of the three proteins contained in milk: casein, whey, or curds.

Firehouse Subs CEO: Are there too many restaurants?

Are there too many restaurants? As we start 2011, it would appear that we are looking at another year of contraction in terms of the number of restaurants in the United States. The latest prognostication comes from an analyst at Barclays Capital, and is echoed by other industry gurus.

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Zoom Pizza Factory to open Nov. 6 in Chicago

After three years of preparation, Zoom Pizza Factory announced it will open for business at 10:30 a..m. Friday at 2156 N. Clybourn Ave. in Lincoln Park in Chicago.

Ravioli Oli opens first location

The owners of Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ravioli Oli have opened the restaurant's first location created to bridge the gap between authentic, hand-crafted recipes served in a fast, modern and affordable restaurant. The restaurant was opened six weeks by Jeff Barry....

NRA, Share Our Strength partner to triple No Kid Hungry campaign funds

The National Restaurant Association has announced that it is committing to work together with Share Our Strength to triple the funds raised for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign through 2013, raising an incremental $5 million to end childhood...

Flip Video founder unveils The Melt

Flip Video founder Jonathan Kaplan unveiled his latest venture – The Melt – at the D: All Things Digital Conference. Kaplan is setting up his new fast casual restaurant to provide gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, and has plans to leverage...

Former McDonald's execs land on fast casual concept

It looks like former McDonald's executives Mike Roberts and Mike Donahue have landed on a fast casual concept slated to open in Palo Alto, Calif., this summer. The pair first announced in July the development of a new restaurant concept...

U.S. restaurant count down; chains stable

The number of U.S. restaurants declined by 1 percent in 2010, according to market research company The NPD Group.

Wegman's to open fast casual offshoot

The Wegman's supermarket chain is entering the restaurant business with the launch of The Food Bar, a fast casual/casual dining hybrid opened Dec. 10.

Food Safety Reform Bill passes Senate vote

The National Restaurant Association has applauded Tuesday’s Senate passage of S. 510, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act. The act, passed by a vote of 73 to 25, will enable the FDA to order recalls of...

Tom & Eddie's second location to open soon

Tom & Eddie's has announced that it will open its second Illinois location December 14, at the Shoppes at Geneva Commons, west of Chicago. The opening comes less than six months after the successful launch of the first Tom & Eddie's restaurant in Lombard, Ill. On the first day of business, owners Ed Rensi and Tom Dentice planned for 300 guests.

Chipotle earnings bring the heat

???Chipotle's third quarter 2010 earnings continue to add fire to the already hot restaurant chain. For the quarter, Chipotle's same-store sales increased 11.4 percent over the previous quarter. For the first nine months of the FY 2010 reporting period, same-store...

Ruby Tuesday to expand Lime Fresh Mexican Grill

Ruby Tuesday has signed an agreement to open up to 200 Lime Fresh Mexican Grill locations. According to reports in the Miami Herald and the Knoxville News Sentinel, Maryville, Tenn.-based Ruby Tuesday's signed a licensing agreement last week with LFMG International LLC for the development rights to the South Florida-based fresh-Mex chain.

Genji Sushi opens fast casual eatery

Genji Inc., parent company of Genji Sushi, has opened a fast casual restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. The restaurant, mái cuisine, serves Japanese fare in setting with both sit-down and grab-and-go offerings. The deli’s build-your-own bento box allows time-crunched lunchers to...

Chipotle reaches 1,000-store milestone

Chipotle has opened its 1,000th restaurant in Flower Mound, Texas, at 4 years and nearly four months after the opening of restaurant No. 500.

Chipotle reaches 1,000-store milestone

Chipotle has opened its 1,000th restaurant in Flower Mound, Texas, at 4 years and nearly four months after the opening of restaurant No. 500.

Chipotle looks to international shores for new restaurants

Chipotle Mexican Grill's founder and co-CEO Steve Ells told a group of investors the company is scouting locations in France and Germany. Ells made the comment during a presentation at a Cowen and Company conference Jan.

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