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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Torched Hop Builds Fun Into its Design

Brewing beer is a dream job for a lot of people – the explosion of the craft beer market in recent years provides plenty of proof of that.

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Is Your Restaurant Prepared for a Disaster?

Unfortunately, today’s world is not a safe place. From the threat of domestic and international terrorism and workplace shootings to natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods, there are outside threats to your restaurant. However, there are steps you can take to prepare during development and design as well as those that can be implemented once an operation is up and running.

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