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The dining and drinking scene in Minneapolis has changed dramatically in just the last few years. As more chef-driven, design-forward restaurants and casual eateries open in burgeoning neighborhoods, it’s easier to get a taste of this expanding culinary market. Here are three design-forward concepts making an impact in this market.

E Squared Hospitality (E2), the New York City–based group behind such beefy full-service brands as BLT Steak, BLT Prime and BLT Burger, last summer added a fresh new face to its portfolio — one that takes the company in a couple of new directions. The company’s first fast-casual venture, by CHLOE., opened in August near the New York University (NYU) campus. It’s also 100 percent vegan — from the burgers to the fabric on the banquette. What’s more, the concept is the result of a unique collaboration with its namesake chef, Chloe Coscarelli, author of several vegan cookbooks and 2010 winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars reality cooking series.

Jimmy Buffett is definitely living his best life.

Fast-casual concept Meatheads Burgers & Fries has rolled out new menu boards across all 17 of its locations.

Romacorp, the parent company of Tony Roma’s, plans to redesign the concept’s flagship store in Orlando. When completed, the operation will measure 8,800 square feet and have seating for 120 people.

By paying attention to the details, Nekter Juice Bar uses a series of well-thought-out design choices to reinforce the chain’s brand position of providing a menu of freshly prepared, better- for- you menu items and encourages customers to live a healthier lifestyle.

As the chain gets ready to accelerate its domestic and international growth efforts, Saladworks is preparing a new restaurant design that will include an updated logo. The fresh made salad concept’s new prototype will measure 2,000 square feet, smaller than previous iterations.

Flank, a new 240-seat steakhouse inspired by the century-old beefsteak meal where hundreds of men would consume massive quantities of meat with their bare hands, opened in Waltham, Mass., earlier this month. Whole House group, a hospitality company led by managing partner Greg Hill, owns and operates this restaurant.