Amelia Levin

Out from the Underground

How a popular supper club evolved into a Chicago fast casual.

Fast food chicken restaurant in Chicago borrows dining experience from club.
Honey Butter Fried Chicken's signature menu item is brined with the bones removed to make the chicken juicier.

Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp are not your typical restaurateurs, and that's just the way they like it. Call them alternative or off the cuff, the close friends and business partners are growing a foodservice brand built around a relational dining experience.

Pub-Style Protein Snacks

Pub, gastropub, street food. It’s all hot, literally. These foods are playing a role in the growing trend toward protein-heavy mini-meals and snacks among both full-service and quick-service chains.

With snack foods taking hold in the last couple of years, proteins in portable form have allowed quick serves to both capitalize on the afternoon, between-lunch-and-dinner daypart and on the convenience more consumers seek. In some cases they also offer a healthy component as a filling, slow-burning fuel source compared with sugary or starchy snacks.