Back to the Future

It’s been an intense few weeks of travel and thinking about the future.

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Fazoli’s to add Eight Locations with Two Development Deals

Fazoli’s QSR chain signed two separate development agreements that will expand the brand in Georgia and Arkansas. That will add another eight units to the chain’s 220 U.S. locations.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Signs Six-Unit Deal in Ohio

Tropical Smoothie Cafe signed a six-unit development agreement in Ohio with the first of the new cafes set to open in Columbus this summer.

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Organic Restaurant Chain Seeks Organic Growth

Nic’s Organic is unique: A certified organic restaurant that relies heavily on drive-thru business. And it’s rapidly expanding.

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Fast-Casual Indian

Indian dining experiences in the U.S. have long resided primarily on either end of a very niche spectrum: mom-and-pop curry house-style restaurants with lunch buffets and low prices or chef-driven operations offering fine, authentic Indian cuisine. Options in the middle for those who just want a quick and affordable Indian fix at lunch? Not so much. But that’s about to change.

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Technology and Convenience: The Restaurant of the Future

According to Yogi Berra, “The future ain’t what it used to be.” As it turns out, he could have been talking about today’s restaurant industry. For decades, the restaurant of the future was expected to be more of the same, tweaked a little here and there but essentially featuring no significant advances. When the future arrived, it was what it used to be.

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