Mission Burrito rebrands as 'Überrito'

The name change is the first step in a three-step process that will include revamping the décor in four existing Houston-area units and developing new markets.

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Secrets to successful restaurant site selection

Tour prospective sites in order from worst to best, which will allow you to become more confident, ask better questions and be more in control of the leasing process.

How a hotel became a hot fast casual concept

Marriott transformed its Courtyard food and beverage offerings away from the traditional buffet into a new fast casual format, resulting in a 27-percent jump in guests' intent to recommend and return.

Four reasons digital screens are more than menu boards

Engaging digital signage can be a key differentiator in the customer experience by educating guests about menu items, driving craving, reducing perceived wait times, and more.

Tiny stores make me happy: Tracking revenue per square foot

Leading restaurant brands are growing their top line with off-premise sales while shrinking real estate costs – resulting in better revenue per square foot and profitability.

Identifying best practices for restaurant site selection

Getting boots on the ground to narrow down an ideal location is important.

Homestyle Dining leverages smaller footprint to create 'plush fast casual' steak concept

Bo's Steak & Grill features a backyard barbecue theme, with country music, denim and red solo cups.

Check out Panera To You

The store layout is dominated by ordering, order pick-up and wait-area seating.

Good, better, best: Counter tops

For all it endures, a counter has to be tough, but durability often comes at a cost.

A look at Starbucks' new interactive store design at Disney World

Starbucks recently opened its first company-owned store at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. According to the company’s blog, the new store features a distinctive design headed by Senior Designer David Daniels. Starbucks opened in Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., in March.

The whys and hows of restaurant/stadium partnerships

Set up properly, all parties can benefit when established sports and foodservice brands team up.

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Starbucks China opens new reserve store, rolls out partner exchange program

The Chengdu Taikoo Li store features Sichuan-inspired tiles, silk artwork by local craftsmen, and a warm wood tone interior similar to the materials used in the recent refurbishment of the nearby historic Daci Temple.

Feast BBQ opens 2nd location

Indiana-based Feast BBQ is jumping the Ohio River to open a second location in Louisville, Kentucky.

Fuddruckers plants flag in Delaware

The remodeled 6,430-square-foot space is located at 40 Geoffrey Drive in Newark.

Maui Wowi Hawaiian surfs into West Palm Beach, Florida

The location at the Palm Beach Outlets is located on the east side of the shopping center in front of the New York & Company Outlet.

Genghis Grill opens at DFW

The new restaurant represents Concessions International's second Genghis location and the franchise's second Dallas airport location.

Buffalo's Express added to LA-area Fatburger location

Buffalo's Express brings chicken wings with 13 different sauces to the combined location's better burger-based menu.

Sip Savvy, Einstein Bros., Red Mango land at San Jose airport

The three new restaurants, operated by airport concessionaire Mission Yogurt, will operate in Terminal A.

Report: Consumers plan to spend more at restaurants in '15

According to a new report on the state of the American consumer released today by the National Restaurant Association, although a majority of American consumers are still concerned about the economy and holding back on spending, there are signs that...

Fuddruckers builds footprint in Maryland

The 3,600-square-foot location accommodates 100 guests, with seating for 20 on a covered patio.

NRA report: Millennials spend higher proportions on food than families

The National Restaurant Association has published its newest edition of its Consumer Spending in Restaurants report. The report was last published in 2009 and analyzes spending on food away from home by demographic. “Looking at demographics is extremely important for restaurant operators.

Just Salad opens in flagship Macy's store

The New York-based salad chain has 19 locations in New York, New Jersey, Hong Kong and the UAE, with more planned to open in New York and Dubai.

Pitfire Artisan Pizza founder plans expansion, snack and coffee concept

Paul Hibler, founder of Pitfire Artisan Pizza and the American Gonzo Food Corporation restaurants, has announced that Pitfire's eighth location will open in Pasadena, California, in early December. Also in Pasadena, Hibler will introduce Superba Snacks & Coffee in February...

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill opens redesigned urban store

In addition design changes, the new prototype introduces breakfast service, a to-go and online ordering pick-up window, a catering area and inclusion of the mobile app.

California Tortilla location debuts new design, branding

California Tortilla will return to Arlington, Virginia, this month with the re-opening of its original Courthouse location, complete with a remodel, new staff and a new owner, Darryl Shrock. “California Tortilla has a strong brand identity, a loyal fan following...

Smoothie Factory eyes Arizona expansion with new store design

Smoothie Factory Juice Bar has awarded a multiunit development agreement to existing franchisee John Wilfert, of JW Health and Fitness LLC, to open seven more locations in Arizona. The first location is under construction and will open at University of Arizona in Tucson this December. The store at 1031 N.

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