Dickey’s to Open First American Barbecue Franchise in Pakistan

Dallas-based BBQ franchise Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will expand to Pakistan with its first location expected to open in Lahore later this year.

Avocado Restaurant Debuts in Dallas

It would be nearly impossible to have missed the explosion in popularity of avocados. The ubiquitous fruit has taken menus by storm. And Avocados From Mexico (AFM) supplies 84 percent of the U.S. avocado market. To celebrate, the supplier has launched AvoEatery in Dallas, a restaurant concept that serves as a promotional tool for avocados and also as an incubator to test inventive uses and apply lessons to validate consumer interest and share with restaurants.

Restaurant chains are scrambling to find ways to continue operations in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic. Here’s a round-up of some and their solutions.

Fresh research from Datassential notes consumer concerns over dining out remain high but takeout continues to appeal to those willing to venture out.

This concept is helping to revitalize downtown Toledo with a new restaurant and an indoor farm, both located in a formerly abandoned parking garage.

Cheesetique Makes a Move

New location brings brand vision into sharper focus.

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What’s it like to open an independent restaurant at the start of a pandemic?

The novel Coronavirus has led to nearly 60% of consumers being concerned about dining out, with one in five “definitely” avoiding doing so, according to Datassential’s Coronavirus research report, fielded March 10 with 1,000 U.S. consumers. Fears are highest among parents (26%), urban dwellers (25%) and high earners (26%, those with household incomes over $100k/year).