Subway Restaurant exterior view

Subway plans to remodel more than 10,500 U.S. restaurants by the end of 2020. The chain has completed nearly 1,400 remodels globally and says 900 more are underway.

Tim Hortons Unveils Innovation Cafe

Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons has unveiled its inaugural innovation cafe. Dubbed Tim Horton’s 130 King, the restaurant represents a modern interpretation of the hockey player inspired restaurant.

Seattle is known for its natural beauty, and these five restaurants enhance the view. 

If comparison is the thief of joy, then the key to happiness might be found by staying in your own lane. After all, reminding yourself to stay in your own lane is a great way to stay focused on the tasks at hand. But, taken too far, staying in your lane can lead to stagnation. Sometimes, getting out of your lane — even entirely off the course — can lead to adventure, education and innovation.

While casual dining has taken a beating in recent years, many operators have developed a polished-casual strategy to draw in guests. Porch Swing Restaurant, located in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, puts a new spin on this approach.

San Jose, Calif.-based Togo’s sandwich shops applied its new restaurant design when opening a ground-up prototype in Santa Clara, Calif. and remodeling three units (one corporate and two franchise locations in Emeryville, Fremont and San Jose). The new design — named Togo’s 3.0 — strives to increase the speed of service and update the dining environment.

Wall coverings are one of the keys to realizing the design vision. They can serve as backdrops that frame a space, provide wayfinding cues or, in the case of a feature wall or mural, make a bold statement.

Fresh takes on the fast-casual theme seem to emerge almost daily, with new players, new concepts and new pressures on operators within the segment to keep raising the bar on innovation. Almost paradoxically, as customer demands for convenience increase and off-premise sales grow, the on-premise experience has become even more important.