Tampa, Fla.-based Burger Monger was founded in 2010 by Jake Hickton, whose goal was to “build the best hamburger restaurant on the planet.” The concept, he says, is built around premium, steakhouse-quality Akaushi beef, and the high-quality breads and produce that would normally be found in a fine-dining restaurant.
Reach in to a grab bag of casual-dining brands these days and what you pull out might just surprise you. Yes, many in the segment continue to struggle and suffer consequences of over-supply, under-differentiation and chronic inertia. And all share the pain of higher costs — labor, real estate and food — compared to their fast-casual and QSR competitors. But the odds of pulling a shiny apple out from among the lumps of coal are beginning to improve.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo is home to the chain’s largest Teavana Bar and Japan’s first Princi Italian bakery location. It also marks the debut of the coffee behemoth’s first Inspiration Lounge, a full floor dedicated to community gathering.
Camden Spit & Larder, a modern London-inspired eatery from Chef Oliver Ridgeway, opened in Sacramento, Calif., late last year. Catch up with designer Brendan Koon, principal of VITAE Architecture, to learn more about the 4,200-square-foot, 225-seat restaurant.
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