Competition for the dining dollar is fiercer than ever. High-quality options are available from a multitude of restaurants; grocery stores have entered the fray with hot and cold bars and even cooked-to-order offerings; takeout-only businesses specialize in pre-portioned meals for the calorie-conscious; and mail-order services give people all the ingredients they need to make a delicious meal at home. With so many choices available to consumers, offering good food in a comfortable environment may not be enough.

Hooters of Singapore — Marina Bay opened in February, led by franchisee Destination Properties Group, a Hooters 2015 Developer of the Year.

Hooters Inc. launched a new limited-service concept in Cicero, Ill. Hoots, A Hooters Joint, serves a condensed menu comprised of Hooters’ most popular food items, including fried pickles and the chain’s ubiquitous wings.

 

After celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016, Saladworks plans to implement extensive changes system wide in 2017, including more than 10 store remodels. 

Levy Restaurants has opened a new restaurant at Orlando’s Disney Springs called Paddlefish. The operation is based on a modern steamboat and occupies the space once filled by Fulton's Crab House.

Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant and Bar announced that it has purchased two shuttered Ruby Tuesday locations in the Missouri towns of Nixa and Republic. 

Italy-based illy coffee company opened two of its illy Caffè units in San Francisco. The company now operates seven illy Caffè units in San Francisco, including its new flagship location in the city’s historic Mills Building.

Popular Bakersfield, Calif., standalone “eatertainment” locale Firehouse has opened a second location. Firehouse Rosedale Station is being touted as a prototype and will serve as the model for any locations moving forward, per a release.