Fazoli’s Takes the Next Step Toward Revival

Any concept with with the staying power to last 27 years is going to experience some ups and downs. Fazoli’s, an Italian fast-casual chain out of Lexington, Ky., is no different.

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Doc B’s Stresses Community Via Design

Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen is an emerging “fresh casual” dining chain that recently opened a location in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The project was designed by DMCA Architecture, with RCC Associates serving as the contractor and The Ruzika Company handling lighting design.

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bite-sized buzz for September

A roundup of interesting bits of news that came across the editor’s desk in the last month, including a bunch of international development deals, mergers and acquisitions, milestones and more from Pinstripes, Pie Five Pizza, Jimboy's Tacos and more.

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East Coast Wings + Grill Credits Brand Refresh with Growth

Casual dining chain East Coast Wings + Grill closed out the first half of 2017 with same-store sales up 18.5 percent (through June 30) and guest counts up 13 percent. The company attributed the growth to its comprehensive brand reinvention and its new marketing strategy.

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Cha Bei Offers Education, Retail and F&B in One Small Space

The Galaxy Macau Casino in Macau, China, is home to a large, two-story gaming floor. It also offers a major retail component with shopping and dining options. Recently, Joanna Liu, the daughter of the Casino’s owner, opened a unique retail, lifestyle and food & beverage operation in this retail center, Cha Bei. The project design was led by Robert Polacek, chief creative officer and partner with The Puccini Group.

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Before and After: Inside Chicago’s Iconic Topolobampo Remodel

Renowned chef Rick Bayless has operated Chicago’s Topolobompo for nearly 30 years. In all that time, it hadn’t undergone a major redesign until this past winter.

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