Element Shines in Former Power Plant, Henry’s Tavern Lands at PDX and Much More

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June 11, 2015

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Adaptive Reuse: Element Shines in Former Hospital Power Plant

At its largest, City Hospital in St. Louis occupied four city blocks with 12 separate structures, including a power plant that supplied power to the entire complex. Built in 1906, the hospital was shuttered in the mid-1980s and sat vacant for more than 25 years before developers began to breathe new life into the historic structures and, in turn, revitalize the surrounding neighborhood. Element, a New American, “contemporary comfort food” restaurant designed by St. Louis-based RemigerDesign, has played a significant role in that revitalization since its opening in September 2013.

STACKED to Open Fifth California Location

Founded four years ago by Paul Motenko and Jerry Hennessy, former co-CEOs of BJ’s Restaurants, STACKED: Food Well Built is preparing to open its fifth restaurant, in Huntington Beach, Calif., this fall.


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Restaurant Development Report

Which Wich updates its digital platforms while Cosi shares its same-store sales. In addition, The Melting Pot, Smoothie King and Tropical Smoothie Café all look to grow their franchise networks. All this and more in the Restaurant Development Report.

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NBC Sports Grill & Brew Coming to Universal CityWalk

The first NBC Sports Grill & Brew is set to open this November in the Universal CityWalk dining, retail and entertainment complex in Orlando. The new concept is designed to celebrate and showcase the network’s award-winning sports coverage in a stylish setting with wall-to-wall sports coverage and some special design features, including 90 big screens and a high-definition screen across its exterior front that’s more than 100 feet wide.

Henry’s Tavern Lands at PDX

As part of its drive to feature iconic local establishments among its foodservice offerings, Portland International Airport (PDX) has added the city’s historic Henry’s Tavern American Bar & Grill to the mix. The brewpub and restaurant opened at PDX on June 4.

Foodservice Industry Continues to Battle for Market Share

Despite flat traffic levels, foodservice spending increased 3 percent for the year ending April 2015, according to The NPD Group. The market research firm attributes this growth to the fact that operators continue to increase prices to offset rising expenses in such areas as labor and food.

Coming to America: International Brands Face Hurdles Entering the U.S.

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For concepts looking to expand into the United States — of which there are many — understanding market trends and consumer behavior is the key to success. We take a look at several brands who are making a splash in the U.S.

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