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Thanks to an improving economy, construction trends for 2015 include an increase in retail and restaurant ground-up construction and a rise in shopping mall renovations, according to national general construction firm Englewood Construction.

Universal Orlando's dining and entertainment complex, CityWalk, celebrated the opening of its newest restaurant attraction in December, The Cowfish.

Since the launch of its new prototype building and design in 2013, Hooters of America has been on an aggressive path to remodeling its company restaurants.

With a targeted opening date of December 22, new franchisee Alan English is bringing the fast-casual Penn Station East Coast Subs brand to the Windy City.

Atlanta-based Fresh To Order (f2o) opened its 13th location on November 19 and the first for the fast-casual brand in South Carolina.

Full-service, casual dining concept Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill will introduce tabletop tablets to all 65 of its restaurants located across 16 states, primarily in the Eastern U.S.

(Hint: It's all about the food!)

Interior design highlights include a fresh new color palette, communal tables, contemporary lighting, warm woods and subway tile finishes.