Mexican quick-service-restaurant chain Del Taco’s latest scalable prototype can work with a mix of real estate options. The new prototype capitalizes on current trends by leveraging a contemporary design package.

 Slightly more than 40% of rd+d’s readers believe takeout and delivery-only operations will drive development in 2021, according to a December 2020 survey of the magazine’s qualified subscribers.

Outdoor dining was found to be the area where rd+d readers saw the most investment in 2020, according to a December 2020 survey of qualified subscribers. 

This year has been a year like no other, with restaurants charging into unknown territories, with dining rooms closed down, quick pivots to delivery and pickup and plummeting customers counts.

The first Rita’s compact drive-thru unit in Hermitage, Pa., has proved successful enough to become part of the chain’s development plans going forward.

Back Yard Burgers debuted a new prototype and has plans to expand using the updated building design going forward.

True Food Kitchen opened its first Ohio restaurant in the 16-acre retail Easton Town Center retail development in Columbus.