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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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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Q&A with Won Fun and 2Fun Chinese Founder Austin Baker

From the proprietor behind the successful Bar Marta in Chicago comes a new venture in the city’s food-centric West Loop. Won Fun is the ground-floor modern Sichuan restaurant that seats 60 people, and 2Fun Chinese is the lively upstairs lounge that seats 140 customers and offers dim sum, snacks and a DJ booth, complete with karaoke on Tuesdays. The concepts reside in a 100-year-old warehouse once home to a deli and grocery company.

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Form + Function: AV Systems Integration

A restaurant’s audiovisual system’s ability to influence the dining atmosphere is undoubtedly a powerful factor. “AV systems are no longer thought of as vanity now but as a necessity,” says Casey Johnston, founder and lead designer of Serious Audio Video Inc. Proactive and upfront planning and coordination of the AV system is critical.

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