Belcampo Meat Co. Wins Best New Concept Award

The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA | LA) announced the winners of the ninth annual Restaurant Design Awards during the Dwell on Design exposition in late June. Winning projects were selected from among 16 finalists in 3 categories: Restaurant, Café/Bar and Lounge/Nightclub. The jury was so captivated by one entry, in particular, that they also created a new "Best New Concept Award."

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Chipotle Adds ShopHouse Locations

Chipotle Mexican Grill is expanding its new ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen concept, which launched with a single unit in late 2011 in Washington, D.C. The company opened one unit in Los Angeles in June and was on track to open two more in July — one in Santa Monica, Calif., and one in Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown neighborhood. The company also signed leases for two additional Los Angeles-area restaurants and two more in the D.C. area — all expected to be open by mid-2014.

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Small Town Charm

Chains are finding attractive opportunities in small town America.

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Incentives: Chains Trim Franchise Fees

Bennigan's among chains trimming franchise fees. 

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Amsterdam Falafelshop Closes Nine Deals

Amsterdam Falafelshop, a fast-casual concept founded eight years ago in Washington, D.C., has begun to grow through franchising. As of mid-March, the company operated its original D.C. unit as well as its first sister shop, the chain's preferred term for franchised units, in the Boston suburb of Summerville, Mass. The chain had inked agreements for nine additional sister shops to open in markets including Boston, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

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Snapshot: Fast-Casual Pizza Chains Fire Up

The fast-casual pizza segment continues to sizzle, tossing a whole new competitive element into the mix for both traditional pizzerias and other fast-casual concepts. Here’s a look at recent development moves made by three up-and-comers.

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