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August 27, 2015

The Commoner Interior

The Commoner Design Gives a Nod to Pittsburgh’s Past

Newly opened in the Kimpton Monaco Hotel in Pittsburgh, The Commoner pays homage to the Steel City’s industrial past, taking its name from William Pitt, First Earl of Chatham, for whom Pittsburgh is named and who was also known as “The Great Commoner.”

Research: More U.S. Consumers Seek Out Ethnic Food, NRA Finds

A wider variety of ethnic cuisines are increasingly becoming part of everyday American diets, according to new research from the National Restaurant Association.


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Fazoli’s New Drive-Thru Initiative Merges Speed with Accuracy

Italian-American quick-serve chain Fazoli’s has launched a “Drive Under 5” campaign to boost speed of service at the drive-thru.

Restaurant Development Report

Frisch’s gets new ownership from the private equity world, Baja Fresh opens in Washington, PizzaRev reaches a development deal for Mexico and much more in this edition of the Development Report!

Tech Tools: How Technology is Reshaping Dining

Carmel Kitchen Tablet Orders

Imagine your new restaurant 10 years from now. It has a noticeably smaller footprint than previous incarnations, including reduced countertop space and just one POS device. A shelving system located near the entrance is for customers to pick up pre-ordered, pre-paid-for food. Most days, at least half of the orders come in via mobile electronic devices. Customers order on premise from a tablet computer-enabled kiosk that instantly transmits each ticket to monitors in the kitchen. Servers deliver the food to the customer's table where they ensure that the order was complete and ask if the guest wants anything more.


Alto-Shaam heated holding equipment is a virtual time machine

Alto-Shaam: holding cabinet

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Florida-Based Fast-Casual Restaurant Group Retrofits for Energy Savings

Amaize restaurant in Doral, Florida, is the flagship store in a planned chain of fast-casual eateries serving Latin-inspired gourmet food. Located just outside Miami, the 2,760-square-foot store serves an average of 3,300 arepas — the restaurant’s signature dish — on a daily basis. As the Amaize team developed its franchise model, CEO Karen Armando Cohen made it her mission to focus on environmentally friendly restaurant design. As a baseline goal, Amaize set out to cut at least 20 percent of the Doral store’s total energy use, and to use the building as a model for future locations.

Qwench Juice Bar and DRNK coffee + tea Pairs Juice with Coffee in L.A.

Quench juice bar

Hollywood, Calif.-based DRNK coffee + tea and Qwench juice bar have co-branded to offer coffee, tea and freshly prepared, made-to-order sandwiches, salads and parfaits as well as a line of juices using fresh vegetables and superfoods in the same retail space.

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