Less than eight months after announcing a partnership with Ziosk to bring tabletop tablets to all company-owned restaurants, Chili's Grill & Bar has completed the largest rollout of tabletop tablets in the U.S., installing more than 45,000 tablets in 823 company-owned Chili's restaurants.

NeoCon, the world's largest trade show and conference dedicated to the commercial design industry, wrapped up in Chicago this week. Prior to the start of the show, its management tapped the NeoCon advisory committee of top commercial designers to share insights on what's hot right now and what lies ahead across key industry sectors.

On May 20 Homestyle Dining, Inc., parent of steakhouse brands Ponderosa and Bonanza, launched Bo's Steak & Grill, its new "fresh-casual" concept, in Lindale, Texas.

Marco's Pizza opened 109 new locations across the country in 2013 and increased system-wide sales by more than 32 percent, resulting from a growth strategy that focused on implementing best practices and efficient systems and building a positive company culture. Overall, the approach contributed to doubling the company's size in five years.

Restaurant brands looking to develop in Class A malls have their work cut out for them. So suggests a key finding in commercial real estate company Cassidy Turley's Spring 2014 Retail Review.

Dunkin' Donuts and its sister brand, Baskin-Robbins, opened a combination restaurant in March at The Embassy Suites Hotel San Diego Bay-Downtown. The opening marks the debut of the first non-traditional Dunkin' Donuts restaurant in San Diego County and the third non-traditional location in California.

Luna Grill

Luna Grill, the San Diego-based Mediterranean fast-casual chain, is accelerating its expansion and has selected Texas to host the first group of out-of-state locations.

Water. It's the lifeblood of most any restaurant. As such, it becomes one of a restaurant's most expensive line items and the cost shows no signs of receding.