Midcentury Meets Mediterranean at La Sirena in NYC

Finding restaurants with large, comfortable alfresco dining spaces in New York City is no small task. So when word leaked that La Bottega, an Italian restaurant fronted by an expansive outdoor plaza at the Maritime Hotel, would be closing, Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group (B&BHG) jumped at the opportunity. 

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Cowboy Chicken Goes from Kitsch to Cool with New Prototype

When Dallas-based Cowboy Chicken launched its franchise program in 2009, the company set a goal of growing into first a regional and then a national brand. The chain’s menu, featuring wood-fired rotisserie chicken, fit right in with the growing fast-casual sector and a burgeoning consumer desire for wholesome, authentic food.

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Form + Function: Restaurant Acoustics

Finding the right soundscape requires balancing art and science.

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Q&A with David McDougall, CEO, Back Yard Burgers


When David McDougall took the reins as CEO of Back Yard Burgers in January 2013, he had his work cut out for him. A pioneer in the “better burger” segment since its founding in 1987 by Cleveland, Miss., grocer Lattimore Michael, the brand had experienced big highs and big lows.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Opens Airport Location

Dunkin’ Donuts has opened a franchised store at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport.

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Nestle Tollhouse Cafe by Chip Signs Puerto Rico Deal

Crest Foods, the franchisor of Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip, has inked an area representative agreement covering Puerto Rico.

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