Taco John’s Intros QSR+ Model, Robot Bar Opens in Vegas, Capriotti’s New Prototype and More

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July 13, 2017

Taco John's Intros QSR-Plus Model

Taco John’s Intros QSR-Plus Model

Mexican QSR chain Taco John’s boasts a system of nearly 400 stores located primarily in the upper Midwest and mountain states. The company is looking to expand its footprint into the Mid-Atlantic and beyond, with a goal of joining Taco Bell and becoming one of the two clear national leaders in the Mexican QSR space. This move into new markets has spurred the chain to introduce a QSR-plus option for franchisees.

Dunkin’ Donuts Opens First Hard Rock Hotel Location

Dunkin’ Donuts opened a location inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. This new restaurant marks the first Dunkin’ Donuts to open inside a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino but is the brand’s 27th restaurant to open in Nevada.


Renovate Faster With Laminam By Crossville

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Don’t lose time/money demo’ing old tile or stone for restaurant renovations! Laminam by Crossville porcelain tile panels install directly over many existing surfaces for transformative style. Cover expansive areas on walls and floors beautifully.
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Modern Design Elements at Capriotti’s New Prototype

Modern Design Elements at Capriotti's New Prototype

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop’s had a very simple, almost sparse design: white linoleum floors, some black-and-white checkerboard tile and basic tables and chairs. Today, Capriotti’s design makes it much more comfortable and welcoming to guests.

bite-sized buzz for July

A roundup of interesting bits of news that came across the editor’s desk including a bunch of mergers and acquisitions, development deals, new hires and promotions, branding news, delivery apps, and a silly robot that looks like Colonel Sanders will be happy to take your order.

Robot Bar Opens in Las Vegas

Robot Bar Opens in Las Vegas

Tipsy Robot, dubbed "the world's first land-based robotic bar," opened at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The bar features two cocktail-shaking robots that interact with customers who place orders via one of the bars 33 tablets.

5 Ways to Bridge the Branding and Interior Design Divide

We’re all familiar with restaurant interiors. We’re all also familiar with restaurant brands. But over the years, I've noticed something: More often than not, the brand identity does not align with the experience created by the interior design, writes Joseph Szala, principal/creative director at Vigor.

Chile Opening Puts Pizza Chain in 6 Out of 7 Continents

Little Caesars Pizza opened its first-ever South American restaurant in Santiago, Chile in June.

Del Frisco's Grille Opens New NYC Location

Del Frisco’s Grille Opens New NYC Location

Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group opened its second Del Frisco’s Grille in New York City, and it's 24th overall.

CRANE Composites: Look Again. There is more to FRP than ever before.

Accurex Engineered Restaurant Systems helped this chain restaurant save energy. Find out how.

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