Top Emerging Concepts News

South Block Opens in Washington, D.C.’s West End Neighborhood

South Block – the fast-casual chain serving up açai bowls, smoothies, toasts and cold-pressed juices – is bringing its signature flavors and refreshing menu items to West End this summer, with a new D.C. location opening July 20.  Embodying South Block’s vibrant spirit, the West End location will host a block party at 11 a.m. on […]

Super Chix Signs Deal to Open More Restaurants in Atlanta and Augusta Markets

SUPER CHIX ( announced the signing of a new franchise development agreement for at least 8 additional restaurants in the greater Atlanta, GA and  Augusta, GA markets. “We are excited for the continual growing interest in the SUPER CHIX Brand and for the solid franchise groups we are attracting to SUPER CHIX – all strong […]

Rachel’s Kitchen Continues Growth in First Half of 2024

Rachel’s Kitchen is celebrating the first half of 2024 with remarkable achievements and continued growth. The brand is thrilled to announce several key milestones that underscore the brand’s commitment to serving more communities great tasting food with a gourmet touch at affordable prices. This year, Rachel’s Kitchen is proud to announce that its first out-of-state […]

Toastique to Open First Wichita Location This Fall

Toastique has announced its expansion into Kansas with its first location to open in Wichita this fall 2024. Located at 9747 E 21st N Suite 115, Toastique will offer gourmet toast creations, smoothie bowls, nutrient-rich cold-pressed juices, espresso, coffee, and grab-and-go options. Toastique Wichita will be helmed by Kalene Hoffmann, a health and wellness enthusiast […]

Smalls Sliders Signs Eight-Location Deal for Northern Alabama

Smalls Sliders has signed an eight Can agreement with entrepreneurs Jason Owenby, Kevin Kynerd, and Travis Meyer. Over the next five years, the entrepreneurial trio plans to drop new Cans throughout the northern Alabama area with the first set to open in 2025. Owenby, Kynerd and Meyer bring a wealth of expertise to this new […]

Slim Chickens Opening in San Antonio with Big Star Chicken

Slim Chickens announced its new restaurant opening in one of the fastest-growing cities in Texas, located at 14121 Culebra Road, in San Antonio. This opening brings Slims’ footprint to over 275 opened locations with Texas being its largest market to date.  Spearheading the new location is the established multi-unit operator, Big Star Chicken, marking the […]

Bobby’s Burgers By Bobby Flay to Hold Grand Opening in Charlotte

Charlotte is one step closer to the perfect burger as Bobby’s Burgers By Bobby Flay announces its highly-anticipated grand opening event will take place Wednesday, July 17. The SouthPark restaurant is Bobby’s Burgers’ flagship location and first neighborhood restaurant. It will also serve as the brand’s Training Center and Test Kitchen. Foremost, the restaurant will bring chef […]

Schmackary’s Inks Deal to Open Franchise Store in Union Square

Schmackary’s has just signed a lease for a franchise location in Union Square, New York City. Situated at 129 4th Avenue NY, NY, this location is slated to open in late 2024. The brand is expanding rapidly throughout the East Coast, with this location 1 of 13 planned for development in NYC, and their New […]

Huey Magoo’s Opens 66th Restaurant in Yulee, Florida

Huey Magoo’s – the “Filet Mignon Of Chicken” – is proud to celebrate its newest franchise store now open in Yulee, Florida, President and CEO Andy Howard announces today.  Huey Magoo’s Yulee is the 66th restaurant opening company-wide spanning 12 states, with hundreds more franchises currently sold in 13 states.  The 2,000 square foot Greater Jacksonville restaurant features […]

Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café Signs Deal to Open in Southlake, Texas

Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café announced a signed agreement that will bring a new location to Southlake, Texas, and four additional locations to the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. Through a multi-unit deal with Strategic Partners, Edward and Cynthia Hymes and their son Edward, Sweet Paris will open the first location by the Fall of 2024. […]

Tiki Taco Appoints Eric Knott New CEO

Tiki Taco, Kansas City’s beloved home for chef-crafted tacos and good vibes, announced the appointment of Eric Knott as its new Chief Executive Officer. This exciting development marks a significant milestone for Tiki Taco as it continues to expand its footprint and enhance its culinary offerings. Knott brings a wealth of experience and a proven […]

Shaq’s Big Chicken Headed to Boston’s Northshore Mall

Area locals and accomplished business owners, Paul Bains, Ryan Corcoran and Kyle Seyboth, are bringing a wave of Shaquille O’Neal-inspired BIG fun to Boston’s Northshore Mall as part of the property’s expansion of its mix of dining, entertainment and recreational activities further cementing it as a regional entertainment and social hub. “After Ryan and I […]

Big Chicken Headed to New Jersey with Opening Bash

On July 18, Big Chicken is making its grand entrance into New Jersey with a BIG opening bash in The Village at Bridgewater Commons, the property’s vibrant, open-air shopping district boasting retail and a variety of exciting new food and beverage destinations. During the grand opening, the first 34 fans in line will have the […]

Dave’s Hot Chicken Heads Toward 300 Locations

After 100 percent sales growth in 2023, Dave’s Hot Chicken is cementing its position as a leader in the fast-casual dining sector throughout 2024. “This year, we’ve been dialed in on growth and innovation, making our mark as the hottest concept in the Nashville-style hot chicken segment to date,” says Bill Phelps, CEO of Dave’s […]

Huey Magoo’s Opens 65th Store in Flowood, Mississippi

Huey Magoo’s – the “Filet Mignon Of Chicken” – is proud to celebrate its newest franchise store now open in Flowood, Mississippi, President and CEO Andy Howard announces today.  Huey Magoo’s Flowood is the 65th restaurant opening company-wide spanning 12 states, with hundreds more franchises currently sold in 13 states.  The 3,100 square foot free standing restaurant features […]

Toastique Opening First Charlotte Location on July 20

Toastique is opening doors to its first Charlotte storefront on Saturday, July 20 beginning at 8am. Located at 1120 S Tryon St Suite 150 in the popular South End neighborhood, the first 100 guests in line at Toastique’s community-focused Grand Opening event will receive $50 in Toastique rewards dollars, granted with a minimum $10 purchase, […]

The Original Hot Chicken Opens First California-Based Restaurant

The flavor of the South is coming to the West. The Original Hot Chicken, a fast-casual restaurant specializing in Nashville-style hot chicken, announced today the opening of its first California location in Huntington Park. The new location marks a significant step in the brand’s strategic growth. Launched by Atlanta-based Experiential Brands, The Original Hot Chicken will […]

BurritoBar Signs Big Deal to Grow in New Jersey

BurritoBar, USA Inc. announced that it has entered into a Master Franchise Agreement for the state of New Jersey with Sarang Franchising LLC. for the opening of 93 franchised restaurants of BURRITOBAR, a fast casual restaurant serving fresh and delicious Tex Mex food. This agreement builds on the momentum of an announcement on May 7, […]

Swedish Concept Eggs Included Signs First Lease in the U.S.

Eggs Included (Eggs Inc.), an innovative Swedish restaurant, announces its first lease signing in the United States in Denver at 1750 Wewatta St., Denver, CO. The concept, created by Swedish entrepreneurs Glenn and Elisabet Eriksson, and brought to the States by renowned Chef Troy Guard, TAG Restaurant Group, and NHL Hall of Famer Peter Forsberg, […]

Dillas Quesadillas Inks Franchise Agreement to Grow in East Texas and Louisiana

Dillas Quesadillas (pronounced Dill-uhs), the North Texas-based quick service restaurant chain specializing in cooked-to-order Primo quesadillas, announces the signing of a new franchise development agreement with Primeaux Restaurant Group (PRG). The partnership supports Dillas’ commitment to growth, allowing for strategic expansion in East Texas and an extended presence in Louisiana. By June 2026, Dillas aims […]

Wing Snob to Open Booth at Ford Field in Detroit

Wing Snob, the fast-casual restaurant known for its fresh wings featuring 18 unique sauces and rubs, announces the grand opening of its first booth in an NFL stadium. This landmark booth will be located in the heart of Detroit at the Lions Stadium, also known as Ford Field. Wing Snob’s stadium debut marks a significant […]