Profile: La Madeleine Country French Café

The biggest challenge that the management team at La Madeleine has faced in moving into a nontraditional venue is maintaining the integrity of the brand so that the smaller version "tells the same story" as the traditional concept. This means focusing hard on the menu, equipment and service in order to offer and deliver the same quality experience that consumers are familiar with in traditional cafés.

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Real Estate: What Restaurateurs Need to Know Now

Still sitting on the development sidelines? Don't wait too long, advises Marty Kotis, president of Kotis Properties, a Greensboro, N.C.-based commercial real estate development firm that specializes in restaurants. Kotis, who also serves on the board of the Council of International Real Estate Brokers, says the market is heating back up. rd+d asked for an update and advice on how to get the best deals.

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Chili’s New Protype Design in the Works to Cater to Millennials

Chili's has gone through a major overhaul. In addition to rolling out a reimage in the past couple of years, including a system wide lighting upgrade to LED and other energy-efficient lamps, the Brinker International chain has also zeroed in on Millennials as part of its new prototype design. The debuting store will launch by the end of the year in Mesquite, Texas.

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Bennigan’s Refreshes Brand, Plots Comeback

As part of its post-bankruptcy comeback, last year casual dining icon Bennigan's Franchising Company debuted a brand refresh at two corporate locations and plans to bring the same menu optimization and service enhancements to current and future franchise partners.

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Panera Rising: New Services, Urban Locations

Panera Bread Co. will step outside of its largely suburban, traditional fast-casual comfort zone this year with an expansion of table service, drive-thrus and urban locations.

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California Taco Bell Taps Solar Power

A new Taco Bell restaurant is slated to become the first entirely solar-powered store in the 6,000-unit chain, according to Grover Moss, the franchisee who owns the Moreno Valley, Calif., store and 11 other units.

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