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Emerging Restaurant Chains
One to Watch: Russo’s New York Pizzeria
Authentic ingredients and fresh-made dishes help concept bring a taste of Italy to the U.S.
One to Watch: Roti Mediterranean Grill
Serving healthy Mediterranean food through quick service has proved successful for this fast-casual concept.
One to Watch: Yogurtland
This self-described “yogurt buffet” is aiming for 1,000 stores by 2017.
One to Watch: Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
Concept thrives on cheap tacos and alcohol in a pub-style environment.
One to Watch: How Do You Roll?
This Texas-based concept plans to Americanize sushi once and for all.
One to Watch: Umami Burger
The massively popular West Coast burger joint is launching a major expansion push this year.
One to Watch: Hot Head Burritos
Two multiunit Subway franchisees tap into popular Mexican fast-casual segment with their own growing brand.
One to Watch: Saxbys Coffee
Saxbys stores are owned locally but have the backing of a larger system.
One to Watch: Zoup! Fresh Soup
Michigan-based soup and sandwich company is growing at a rate of 12 to 16 stores per year.
One to Watch: BannaStrow’s
Crepe concept hopes to grow across the country by offering nontraditional units, international flare.
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