Convenience retailer 7-Eleven introduced its Evolution Store concept in 2019. All seven Evolution Stores included a restaurant concept. When the chain opened its eighth Evolution Store in Manassas, Va., the company doubled down and included two proprietary QSR brands inside the unit. And 7-Eleven is just getting started. 

Fast-casual create-your-own salad concept Saladworks opened 11 new restaurants in the first quarter of 2021, bringing the chain’s total number of locations to 217 across the U.S. and Canada. 

Nathan’s Famous, Inc. has partnered with Ghost Kitchen Brands (GKB) to open 100 nontraditional units by the end of 2021.

Mediterranean fast-casual concept The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill signed a national franchise development agreement with East West Investments to develop up to 20 restaurants on the east and west coasts of the United States.

Michigan-based pizza chain Domino’s continued its international expansion by opening a new location in Accra, Ghana.

Mediterranean fast-casual concept SAJJ Mediterranean partnered with Local Kitchens, a digital food hall concept, to launch its first SAJJ Kitchen in Cupertino, Calif.

The chain expects to open its first la Madeleine Express in Garland, Texas, in July. The remaining nine locations will open shortly thereafter.

In the next few months, fast-casual concept, Hawaiian Bros., which specializes in traditional Hawaiian plate lunches and related fare, will open its first Texas storefronts after having run ghost kitchens in Austin and Dallas since May and September, respectively.