New Prototypes from Dion’s and Krystal, Designers Dish on Restaurant Trends, and Much More

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April 13, 2017

Redesigned Dion's Feels Like Home

Redesigned Dion’s Feels Like Home

Plenty of restaurants say they want guests to feel like they're at home. Few operations use their design to impart that feeling as well as New Mexico-based pizza chain Dion’s. This 18-store concept recently began an expansion push outside its home state. As part of this initiative, the chain developed a new prototype designed to spur growth while maintaining the operation’s homey feel.

Curry Restaurant Opens Inside Whole Foods

Biju’s Little Curry Shop, a four-store fast-casual operation focusing on south Indian-inspired foods, has opened a location inside the Whole Foods in Tarmak, Colo.


Alto-Shaam launches new Heated Shelf Merchandisers

Alto-Shaam Heated Shelf Merchandiser

Discover the benefits of Alto-Shaam’s heated shelf merchandisers. These merchandisers hold a variety of grab-and-go products, including rotisserie chickens, pizza, sandwiches, and more. Convenient, fresh meals are displayed to sell to customers in the aesthetically pleasing and customizable merchandiser. Alto-Shaam Logo

Krystal Launches New Prototype

Krystal Launches New Prototype

The Krystal Company, known for its square hamburgers, opened a new restaurant prototype, the Davenport, in Marietta, Ga., which prominently features a clock tower to remind guests the restaurant is open 24 hours.

bite-sized buzz for April

A roundup of interesting bits of news that came across the editor’s desk, including lots of mergers and acquisitions, Cinnabon’s TV partnership, Domino’s 14,000th store opening, recommended reading and more.

Hooters Announces Move into Baltics

Hooters Announces Move into Baltics

Hooters of America has inked a franchise agreement with new partner Hooters Baltics to open restaurants in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the company’s first move into that region.



Laminam by Crossville Tile Collections Are a Big Deal

Laminam by Crossville Tile

Transform restaurant interiors with tile measured in feet, not inches! Laminam by Crossville porcelain tile panels skin surfaces in sophisticated, low maintenance, durable style. Install directly over old tile or stone — no demo required! Find creative solutions at
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5 Consumer Dining Expectations in Mexico for 2017

Consumer meal choices in Mexico are shaped by busy lifestyles, according to a new study by Culinary Visions Panel. Over 1,000 Mexican consumers were surveyed about their attitudes and behaviors related to meal choices.

Texas Chicken Opens in Oman

Texas Chicken announced that it has opened its first restaurant in Oman. The restaurant is owned by The Olayan Group, which operates more than 40 Texas Chicken stores in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Restaurant Design in 2017

Designers Dish: Restaurant Design in 2017

Designers don’t just make beautiful spaces. They interpret, filter, innovate, curate and collaborate to create experiences for guests and clients whose expectations just keep rising. Each year, rd+d’s Designers Dish! checks in with some of the best and brightest in the business to find out how they do it, where they see the industry heading, and what challenges, frustrates and inspires them. This year’s participants range from veteran designers at top multinational firms to up-and-comers making their mark.

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