Chain News & Profiles

Chain News & Profiles includes news on chain restaurants, operations, profiles, trend pieces and new concepts.

New Leadership Seeks Turnaround for Pie Five Pizza Co.

After a period of same-store sales decline, this fast-casual chain is betting on new menu items, a new service model and a new prototype to turn its fortunes around.

Roka Akor Keeps it Simple

This Japanese fine-dining concept specializes in dishes that let the main ingredient shine without extra sauces and seasoning. It has an interior design and kitchen to match.

Big Whiskey’s Is Not a Bar

Despite the name, this casual dining operation doesn’t define itself by drink alone, but by good food and engaging employees.

Capriotti’s Keeps It Real

This sandwich shop counts on scratch cooking and fresh ingredients to make it a national player.

Chevys Fresh Mex Gets Unchained

This casual dining chain has opened its first store in seven years as part of the revival of parent company Real Mex Restaurants.

Rusty Bucket Sharpens its Game

Following a period of growth, this polished-casual chain put a short pause on expansion to refine its look and improve kitchen operations.

Burtons Grill & Bar Redesigns for a Younger Crowd

This polished-casual concept’s new prototype features a fully open kitchen, island bar and dining areas that offer customers different types of restaurant experiences.

Souper Salad Rethinks the Buffet

Redesigned stores simplify interior traffic flow and reap the benefits of induction technology.