Hurricane Grill & Wings Launches Fast Casual

Hurricane BTW, a new fast-casual concept developed by Hurricane Grill & Wings, announced plans to open 49 locations in the next 42 months. The brand’s first location opened last April in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The second location is set to open in April in Skokie, Ill. The chain plans to open 8t to 10 more locations by the end of the year.

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Smith & Wollensky’s Miami Beach Overhaul

Smith & Wollensky’s Miami Beach, Fla., location remained fully operational during an extensive recent renovation.


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The Telephone Game

Remember the telephone game? Wait — let’s back up, do you remember landline telephones that used to sit on your desk? No? How about desks themselves?

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Dishing with the Pros

I spent a week in Orlando at the beginning of February. Yes, much of that week was spent on a trade-show floor, but compared with wintering in Chicago, I wasn’t going to complain.

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Q&A with Jennifer Durham, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Checkers & Rally’s Restaurants, Inc.

Known for its iconic red, white and black double drive-thru buildings, Checkers & Rally’s Restaurants, Inc., moved away from a retro image in 2012 to a more contemporary approach to its look with the debut of its Model 3.0 prototype. The update helped propel growth, and by the end of 2016, Checkers & Rally’s had added 176 new restaurants and 175 new franchisees.

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Reader's Choices: Stephen Francis Jones

Stephen Francis Jones served as in-house architect for the Wolfgang Puck Food Company before launching his firm, SFJones Architects, in 1996. He has designed restaurants, hotels and spas all around the world: Spago and MB Post in California, the retro chain Lucky Strike Lanes, Java House franchises in Kenya, and many others.

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