UAE’s Just Falafel Heads to North America

Just Falafel, a 46-unit QSR chain based in the United Arab Emirates, has announced plans to expand to the United States and Canada.

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On-site Gardens Add Fresh, Uberlocal Appeal

When it comes to local sourcing, many restaurants now take the concept one step further with on-site gardens and mini farms. In fact, hyperlocal sourcing and restaurant gardens ranked among the top trends outlined by the National Restaurant Association's "What's Hot in 2014" chef survey. While independent restaurants have led this trend, higher-volume operators like hotels and smaller, multiunit brands are beginning to adapt the garden infrastructure for their larger-scale needs.

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Seeking Private Equity: Here's How

Small companies are taking a big bite of the PE pie. Here's how.

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Inspiration. Collaboration. Innovation.

The restaurant development community is a small but tight-knit group of chain executives, suppliers, vendors, and design and construction professionals. What makes this community so dynamic is the simple fact that each organization comes to market with a unique corporate culture that shapes their view of the industry, including where they look for inspiration, how they collaborate internally and externally, and their approach to innovation.

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Pizza Hut Tests New “Slice” Concept Stores

Pizza Hut introduced two new fast-casual concept stores featuring an all-new "pizza-by-the-slice" experience, digital menu boards, deck ovens and an open seating environment.

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Q&A with Bill Martens, Vice President, Development & Construction, Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group

Fresh out of grad school and armed with an MBA, Bill Martens launched his career in the finance department at Yum! Brands, where he spent nine years. Midway through his tenure there, however, the development bug bit Martens and he shifted his career to that side of the business. In 2008, he joined Del Frisco's Restaurant Group (DFRG) in Southlake, Texas, as director of development and in 2011 he advanced to vice president of development and construction. 

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