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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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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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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Michelin-Starred Chef Opens Glam, Affordable Pasta Bar in SoHo

Sola Pasta Bar debuted in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. It is the latest offering from Michelin-starred Chef Massimo Sola, and is part of the greater trend of fine-dining chefs creating more affordable offshoots.

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Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwich Chain Bruxie Debuts International Unit

Fried chicken and waffle sandwich purveyor Bruxie has debuted its first international concept in Seoul, South Korea, at Lotte World Mall. The location opened in partnership with franchisee Jae Jung of Bold 4 Ltd., who plans to open 10 Bruxie locations, with the next one opening in November.

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