Portillos Pop-Up

In an attempt to boost brand awareness and generate catering sales iconic Chicago restaurant chain Portillo’s set up a pop-up shop in a suburban mall.


Salad-focused fast-casual Saladworks has seen recent success in a nontraditional format by adding kiosk locations within two ShopRite grocery stories. The unusual partnership has worked out so well that the chain is expanding the format with plans to open new locations within Philadelphia-area Fresh Grocer and ShopRite stores. The salad brand also has locations under development in Delaware, Maryland and New York.

Q&A with Chief Development Officer Jon Siani of Eat Brgz.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Tropical Smoothie Cafe inked two multi-unit franchise agreements to develop 38 new locations over the next five years across the state of Colorado. The agreements include one 27-unit deal and one 11-unit deal.

With consumer trends changing and the fast-casual industry booming, it can be tough for quick service restaurants (QSR’s) to stay competitive.

Al Hank

Famous Dave’s has long been a staple in the American barbecue scene. The restaurant chain has 27 company-owned and 109 franchise-operated locations spanning 33 states and 3 countries.

Veggie Grill

Veggie Grill, a plant-based fast-casual restaurant chain opened a location in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.

Slapfish has swum ashore in the United Kingdom, marking the fast-casual seafood chain’s first international location. The restaurant chain plans to open 25 more units across the U.K. by 2025 with franchise partner SME Group PLC, which operates nearly 100 franchise locations with various fast-casual concepts in the U.K.