Peet's Coffee & Tea is one of those brands that nurture strong emotional connections with their fans — in the case of Peet's, called Peetnicks. It's quirky, quality-focused, eclectic and has always had decidedly nonchain sensibilities. 

Strategically sound menu board optimization generates significant returns on investment. We routinely see 5 percent to 10 percent increases in overall sales. Optimized menu boards can also shave precious seconds off the order process, speeding throughput and boosting customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Design Insights on Boston's M.C. Spiedo Ristorante & Bar from lead designer Tanya Spaulding of Shea

Theatrical. Swanky. Contemporary. Opulent. These are all good descriptions of
M.C. Spiedo Ristorante & Bar, the newest project of James Beard Award-winning chef-partners Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier. 

Lighting. Every restaurant has it and the number of options available to owners and designers seemingly multiplies by the day. "It's like going to a candy shop: there are so many options available, where do you stop?" says John Ziebarth, AIA, NCARB, design services + studio director, food service for api(+), a Florida-based retail store design and architecture firm.

Olive Garden on July 8 announced the latest phase of its ongoing brand renaissance by beginning the roll out of a new logo (above) and national restaurant remodel.

There may be no ocean in sight, but it has to be good karma that the newest Margaritaville restaurant is located in a Pigeon Forge, Tenn., retail and entertainment development known as The Island.

In the three years since Philip Greifield took over as CEO of the 42-year-old QSR seafood brand Captain D's, he's worked to "right the ship" and reinvigorate the 520-unit brand.