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Emerging Restaurant Chains
Ones To Watch: Native Foods Café
An all-vegan fast-casual chain, Native Foods boasts chef-curated salads, sandwiches, bowls, desserts, and specialty beverages.
Ones To Watch: Planet Sub
Kansas City–based sub shop offers staple deli sandwiches alongside uncommon protein options on fresh-baked bread.
Ones To Watch: Burger 21
Founded by the owners of The Melting Pot, this better-burger chain dishes out modern, upscale flavor profiles.
Standout Store: Huahua’s Taqueria
Miami, Florida–based restaurant goes big on al fresco dining.
Standout Store: Kosofresh
New York City
Ones To Watch: Little Greek Restaurant
Florida-based eatery adapts Mediterranean flavors to the American palate.
Standout Store: Goodfood Truck
Around the Vend
Brands find consumer interest, financial success in offshoot vending machines.
Ones to Watch: Piada Italian Street Food
Ohio-based concept brings Italian street food into the fast-casual setting.
Standout Store: Marcona
Los Angeles–based sandwich concept adds West Coast flare to the East Coast deli.
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