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Emerging Restaurant Chains
Ones To Watch: Tom + Chee
Grilled cheese gets an upgrade with “fancy” breads, cheeses, and even a doughnut adaptation.
Standout Store: Bull City Burger & Brewery
Durham, North Carolina's Bull City Burger & Brewery serves up premium burgers in a fast-casual setting while also brewing up its own beers.
Ones to Watch: CREAM
The humble ice cream sandwich gets super premium at California-based CREAM.
Ones to Watch: Billy Sims BBQ
Heisman Trophy winner is off and running with fast-casual barbecue concept.
Standout Store: JJ’s Red Hots
Charlotte, North Carolina, brand dresses up the classic hot dog.
Ones to Watch: Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchen
Canadian brand makes inroads into the U.S. with a wide range of Asian cuisines.
Ones To Watch: Cava Mezze Grill
This spinoff from a full-serve tapas bar applies the build-your-own platform to Mediterranean staples.
Ones To Watch: Chicken Salad Chick
This Alabama-based concept offers numerous takes on a Southern comfort-food classic.
Standout Store: Borgata Baking Company
Atlantic City, New Jersey, restaurant dishes up both sweet and savory fare with unique presentations.
Ones To Watch: Modmarket
Denver-based fast casual markets itself as a farm-fresh eatery.
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