Starbucks New Concept Stores Use Recycled Shipping Containers

The newest blend at coffeehouse segment leader Starbucks? For store design, it's sustainability with a shot of convenience, brought to market in new LEED-certified drive-thru/walk-up-only modular stores fashioned out of recycled shipping containers.

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The Pros and Cons of Modular Construction in Foodservice Operations

It’s a small but growing practice that’s satisfying some chains’ need for speed and uniformity.

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Q&A: Legally Speaking

It could be said that behind every successful restaurant brand is a crack legal team working to defend the concept, protect intellectual property, draft critical documents, ensure compliance, negotiate with regulators, manage franchise relations, and anticipate and manage disputes. Chicago-based Cheng Cohen is a leading franchise law firm and its co-founder Amy Cheng is an award-winning lawyer: She was recently honored as Best Lawyers 2014 Chicago Franchise Law "Lawyer of the Year." rd+d tapped Cheng for an update on some of the thorniest legal issues franchisors face today — and a little pro bono advice.

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Boston Market Developing Again

Boston Market is growing again. The chain, which specializes in rotisserie chicken and home-style side dishes, opened its first new unit in seven years in early September, in Hialeah, Fla. Five more units are planned for this year, as well.

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Soup-Centric Concepts Hit Consumers’ Hot Buttons

Sure, it's good for what ails you, but soup can also be good for business — at least in the hands of creative entrepreneurs with a reverence for the perfect bowl of soup. From burgeoning fast-casual chains to funky food trucks to urban microsouperies delivering weekly "soupscriptions," soup-centric concepts are popping up all over.

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Crowdfunding Lets Entrepreneurs Pass the Virtual Hat

Veronica Salazar opened her dream restaurant in Larkspur, Calif., in March of last year with help from La Cocina, a San Francisco-based non-profit. The group, which provides kitchen space and counseling to low-income entrepreneurs, advised Salazar to use crowdfunding to raise a portion of the money she needed to develop El Huarache Loco.

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