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When Denny’s recently unveiled their newest restaurant, set to open in Manhattan’s Financial District, the design was nearly unrecognizable. The new restaurant is full of dark woods, tufted leather seats, copper ceilings, and full-wall photographic murals. There is even a craft cocktail bar serving pre-Prohibition era cocktails and an eye-catching $300 “Grand Cru Slam” which pairs two entrees with a bottle of Dom Perignon and a “bartender high-five.”

But the new Denny’s concept is representative of a broader shift in the industry, as a number of brands seek to regain market share lost during the recession and compete with fast casuals for the Millennial dollar.[…] Continue Reading »

Last winter’s blizzards and arctic blasts started becoming a distant memory the minute restaurants around the country set up the patio tables and opened the rooftop decks for the season. Restaurants with outdoor dining spaces in many markets have gone from being a nice perk to a must-have, especially in places where the out-of-doors is a major draw.[…] Continue Reading »

It’s clear from watching grocery store trends that people do not shop the way they used to. They buy food all over the place now, from drive-up espresso stands to food trucks to food counters at warehouse clubs. In New York City, there are even restaurants that will deliver a breakfast of eggs and hash browns to drivers stuck in the morning rush.[…] Continue Reading »

Fast Casual continues to evolve, making the concept a moving target for restaurateurs who are trying to succeed in the market that accounted for 15% of all limited service restaurant sales in 2013, according to the “Top 150 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report” from Technomic. A panel discussion presented Saturday by NRA’s Fast Casual Industry Council at the 95th annual NRA Show featured three executives from concepts that have managed to get it right and grow their business along with their brand reputation.[…] Continue Reading »

Consumers, Millennials report strong visitation, interest according to Datassential

Market heats up

With the true “Chipotle of pizza” title up for grabs, the race to saturate the fast casual pizza market continues to heat up — and consumers are interested, according to Datassential‘s upcoming Creative Concepts TrendSpotting Report, which covers these pizza concepts in-depth.[…] Continue Reading »