Chicago's Spiaggia Reimagined, Panda Express Reveals New Kitchen Design, and Much More

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August 21, 2014

Spiaggia Dining Room

Spiaggia, Reimagined

Three decades after opening its doors on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, where Oak Street meets the lake, award-winning chef Tony Mantuano's legendary fine dining restaurant, Spiaggia, completed its first major refresh.

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Restaurant Chain Development News

A number of chains continue to grow via franchising, with notable announcements coming from Coconuts Fish Café, Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour and Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles.


Panda Express Unveils New Innovation Kitchen

Chinese-American QSR leader Panda Express, with more than 1,700 units, opened a new concept store in Pasadena, Calif. in July called Panda Express Innovation Kitchen.


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Q&A: Dan Stevens, Multi-Unit Houlihan’s Franchisee

Multi-unit Houlihan’s franchisee owner Dan Stevens, owner of Stevens Management and Consulting, has mixed his passions for the hotel and restaurant industries by bringing Houlihan’s to a hotel setting.


Restaurant Development Professionals on the Move

Companies making personnel news this month include Aria Group Architects, Blue Leaf Hospitality, Newk’s and Project Pie, among others.


Peet’s Coffee & Tea Crafts a Fresh Look at San Francisco Flagship

Peet’ Coffee & Tea Interior

Peet’s Coffee & Tea is one of those brands that nurture strong emotional connections with their fans — in the case of Peet’s, called Peetnicks. It’s quirky, quality-focused, eclectic and has always had decidedly nonchain sensibilities. Its new design honors those characteristics.

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