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Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. opened a completely redesigned concept store in its hometown of Dallas, with plans to roll out the new look nationwide to all future locations. Many existing Dickey’s Barbecue Pit locations will also be retrofitted with aspects of the new model.

As founder and chief executive officer of The McBride Company, a creative concept and design firm, Pat McBride has guided the firm over the past 30 years serving clients in the hospitality and leisure industries.

Fast-casual Italian chain Fazoli's has opened its fifth c-store location. The chain's latest c-store operation is part of a Kwik Stop in Dubuque, Iowa. The chain already has c-store locations in Colorado, Indiana, Tennessee and West Virginia. An additional location is under construction in central Indiana.

Farmheads, the growing hospitality collective responsible for hyper-local, farm-fare concepts Farmhouse Chicago and Farmhouse Evanston, opened Farm Bar, a "little sister" concept in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood.

In many instances, a new restaurant design prompts the operator to update its packaging. But Tropical Smoothie Cafe plans to turn this process upside down.

The fast-casual segment has thrived in recent years by offering food that rivals sit-down establishments in combination with the speed and convenience of a quick-serve restaurant. That's a powerful value proposition.

Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. opened a completely redesigned concept store in its hometown of Dallas with plans to roll out the new look nationwide to all future locations. Dickey's Barbecue Pit plans to retrofit many of its locations with aspects of the new model.

Those who can, do.

The old adage about talent vs. talk applies well to John Paul Valverde and Miguel Vicens. The two are partners in Coevál Studio, a retail and hospitality design firm that has made a name for itself in the Dallas area in recent years.