Tava Gets New Name, New Look

Tava Indian Kitchen announced a makeover that includes a new name, logo, restaurant design and an updated menu.

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Johnny Rockets 2.0 Prepares to Take Flight

Johnny Rockets has long been known for its 50s diner look complete with jukeboxes, dancing servers dressed in the decade’s familiar soda fountain uniforms and its original burgers and shakes. The chain now plans to roll out a a brand refresh that will leverage Johnny Rockets’ rich heritage while adding design flexibility and new visual imagery that will appeal to today’s consumers.

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Margaritas Eye Catching Redesign

As a Mexican casual dining chain based in New England — a region better known for lobster and clam chowder — Margaritas Mexican Restaurant represents something of an anomaly.

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Trend: Midcentury Modern Restaurant Design: One Icon and Three Newcomers

Mid-century modernism is back in fashion in a big way, both for commercial and residential spaces, and it’s a throwback trend that restaurateurs and designers are embracing in fresh new ways (see below for recent examples). The announcement in early March by the James Beard Foundation, naming The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City as its inaugural Design Icon Restaurant Award winner, may fan the flames. This truly iconic restaurant is the real deal, an authentic, timeless representation of mid-century design at its oh-so-elegant best.

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Fazoli’s Georgia Franchisee Opens All-New Prototype

Fast-casual Italian chain Fazoli’s opened its first new stand-alone prototype restaurant in Macon, Ga., and announced the planned opening of its first St. Louis market locations.

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Retrofit, Remodel or Renovation

Refreshing a restaurant is like updating old recipes: some need a dash of salt, while others require the addition of entirely new ingredients. As time passes, any establishment can benefit from a redo — no matter the scale. For restaurant operators, updating your environment is not only important, it can be vital to continued success in the ever-changing foodservice industry.

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