City Kitchen Spices Up Times Square, Paula Deen Heads to the Great Smoky Mountains and More

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April 23, 2015

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City Kitchen Spices Up Times Square

New York’s Times Square now has its own unique urban food market, City Kitchen. Opened in March in the artsy Row NYC hotel, City Kitchen gives guests and locals alike a taste of some of the city’s most buzzed-about food concepts all in one central location. Housed on the second floor, with entrances from both 44th Street and 8th Avenue (as well as from Row NYC’s lobby), City Kitchen features nine permanent and seasonal vendors who serve up specialties from their original locations around the city.

The Habit Burger Grill’s Bendel to Keynote Restaurant Finance Summit

Russ Bendel, CEO of The Habit Burger Grill, will kick off Restaurant Finance Summit 2015: Strategies for Growth and Liquidity as keynote speaker. The day-long conference takes place during the NRA Show on Monday, May 18, 2015, at Chicago’s McCormick Place, with Bendel’s presentation starting at 11:30 a.m. He will discuss The Habit Burger Grill’s rapid growth and the success of the brand’s recent IPO.


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Restaurant Development Pros on the Move

Companies with personnel news include Robeks, Russo's Restaurants and Sonic Corp.

Paula Deen’ Family Kitchen

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen Set to Open

Celebrity chef Paula Deen, who with her sons Jamie and Bobbie, owns and operates The Lady & Son’s restaurant in Savannah, Ga., is set to open her newest venture on the Island in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains national park and home to Dollywood theme park.

Restaurant Development Report

This update comes with somewhat of an international flare, with concepts such as CKE Restaurants, Dairy Queen, Hooters and Smashburger growing abroad. Other restaurant concepts making development news include emerging chains such as Andy’s Frozen Custard, Just Salad and Pieology Pizzeria as well as old stalwarts such as Dunkin’ Donuts and Fazoli’s.




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New LAGO at Bellagio Las Vegas Touts Sleek Fountain-Side Dining

LAGO, the third Las Vegas restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Julian Serrano, builds on the Bellagio Las Vegas tradition of offering world-celebrated chef restaurants overlooking the hotel’s iconic fountains. The contemporary, Milan-inspired Italian restaurant opened in mid-April.

Interpreting Izakaya

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Just what is an izakaya, anyway? Often described as a Japanese gastropub, not even operators and designers involved in their development agree definitively on what constitutes an izakaya. But however you define this Japanese hospitality meme, the concept continues to find fans and footing in the U.S.

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