Looking to unlock new development opportunities for the company, Wetzel’s Pretzels will launch a new concept that promises to provide guests with a “bigger, bolder, more imaginative expression of Wetzel’s” to neighborhood locations starting in California. 

Buena Papa Fry Bar, a fast-casual restaurant that serves Latin-inspired meals on fries, announced three new franchise locations in North Carolina and one in Florida.

In a pulse survey fielded in February, 57% of restaurant development + design readers say that poor acoustics that make it hard for dining companions to hear one another is their biggest pet peeve in restaurant design. But that was far from the only complaint!

A new Toronto-area bakery-cafe marks the Paris Baguette’s market entrance with aggressive plans for expansion in 2023.

A roundup of interesting bits of news that came across the editor’s desk in the last month, including Krystal’s Side Chik bracket, plans to break into the North Carolina market for Ellianos Coffee and earning airline miles with poke bowls.

Tex-Mex restaurant Capital Tacos will be opening the doors of its first storefronts in the state of Georgia.

In a pulse survey fielded in February, 90% of rd+d readers reported feeling optimistic about the state of restaurant development and openings for 2023 and 2024.