Top Emerging Concepts News

Big Chicken Signs Deal to Bring Brand to Omaha

Big Chicken, the star-powered fast-casual chicken concept founded by legendary Hall of Famer and celebrated entrepreneur Shaquille O’Neal, announced that it has signed a two-unit development agreement with experienced restaurant operators, Tom and Zak Davis, father and son respectively. The industry veterans, who are multi-unit Panera Bread, Scooter’s Coffee and Firehouse Subs franchisees, are the […]

Taco Chelo Opens Second Tempe-Based Restaurant

Taco Chelo, Arizona’s premier modern taqueria where traditional family recipes meet vibrant visual arts, has marked its first expansion with a stunning second location in Tempe designed by one of the state’s most distinguished artists to resemble a traditional Mexican pueblo.   A collaboration between renowned restaurateur Aaron Chamberlin, revered Chef Suny Santana and internationally […]

Roll-Em-Up Taquitos Opens Five New Locations

Roll-Em-Up Taquitos, the nation’s first and only taquito-centric, street casual restaurant franchise, announced the grand opening of five new locations across the United States over the next 30 days increasing its market presence by almost 50%. With this new announcement, initial developers and investors in the brand are poised to open their first, of many, […]

Nothing Bundt Cakes Celebrates Milestone 600th Opening

Nothing Bundt Cakes is celebrating the opening of its 600th bakery, located in Tampa – Town ‘N’ Country, Florida, as the brand continues its strategic expansion.  The Dallas-based company has grown into the nation’s largest specialty cake company, with locations throughout more than 40 states and Canada. It was recently named Yelp’s 2024 No. 26 […]

Automated Kiosk PizzaForno Opens New Unit in St. Simons Island, Georgia

PizzaForno, North America’s first automated pizzeria that bakes high-quality pizza, 24 hours a day, has opened a new location, open to the public, at 256 Redfern Village in St. Simons Island, GA 31522. The Entrepreneurs Behind the Expansion “As we launch the very first PizzaForno unit in the area, we’re filled with excitement for what’s to […]

Angry Chickz Announces Grand Opening of Second Bakersfield Location

Angry Chickz, the fast-growing chain known for its spicy and delicious Nashville-style hot chicken and legendary mac & cheese, is planning a day full of fun, giveaways and special appearances to celebrate the grand opening of its second location in Bakersfield.  The newest Angry Chickz, located at 2765 Calloway Drive, Suite 100, is opening its […]

Starbird Partners with GiftAMeal at its Bay Area Locations

Starbird, the nation’s first super-premium fast food chain, shared its partnership with GiftAMeal in the Bay Area, offering customers a unique opportunity to give back to their community while enjoying the brand’s signature crispy chicken.  The current partnership allows customers at any Starbird location in San Francisco to scan the GiftAMeal menu QR code and […]

Cannoli Kitchen Pizza Announces First Eight Franchise Developments

Cannoli Kitchen Pizza announced its first eight franchise developments, which includes several locations throughout Florida in Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando, as well as locations in Alabama, Michigan and Georgia. “Cannoli Kitchen Pizza has been serving families in Florida for 28 years, and we are eager to bring this concept […]

Salad Collective Now Fully Owned by AC Restaurant Co.

Salad Collective, the Denver-based operating company of better-for-you brands MAD Greens, Snappy Salads and Tokyo Joe’s, announced today a monumental step forward in its journey toward exponential growth.  As of March 29th, Salad Collective is now fully owned by AC Restaurant Co., LCC – a Coors family ownership entity. After successfully buying out the company’s […]

Big Chicken Opens Store Inside Wintrust Arena in Chicago

Big Chicken, the star-powered fast casual restaurant brand founded by Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, announced the opening of its newest venue location at Wintrust Arena located on the McCormick Place campus. The location officially launched with a grand opening on June 8, just before the Chicago Sky took on the Atlanta Dream with a […]

Smalls Sliders Signs 5-Unit Franchise Deal in Alabama

Smalls Sliders, the industry-disrupting cheeseburger slider brand, has signed a second development agreement with local entrepreneur Mark Weeks. This time, Weeks is joined by Patrick Sullivan in developing five total Cans across the Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Auburn areas.  Sullivan and Weeks bring a wide range of business experience to the table with this latest business […]

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Opens in Annandale, Virginia

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, the leader in the growing popularity of Hawaiian-style cuisine, announced the opening of its newest restaurant in Annandale, Virginia. This marks the ninth L&L location on the East Coast, further advancing the company’s expansion goals for 2024 and responding to the increasing national demand for authentic Hawaiian-style cuisine. The iconic Hawaiian “Plate […]

District Taco Picks Boston as Key Growth Market

District Taco is looking to bring fresh Yucatán-style cuisine to New England, and has identified Boston as a key market. The fast-casual restaurant, which currently operates 17 locations in Virginia, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is actively expanding with openings in Clark, NJ, Union, NJ, and Chesapeake, VA, planned for later this year. District […]

Timber Pizza Company Opening First Brick and Mortar in Annapolis

Timber Pizza Company announced that it’s opening its first traditional brick and mortar franchise in Annapolis, Maryland, this July. After 10 years of serving neighbors in Washington, D.C., the brand believes downtown Annapolis is the perfect community to kick off Timber Pizza’s franchise expansion plans. Timber has awarded this location to an amazing franchise group […]

Slim Chickens Inks 20-Unit Deal to Grow in the Southeast

Slim Chickens announced it has inked a deal for 20 locations for several counties in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Spearheading the new stores is an established multi-unit operator backed by over 30 years of restaurant industry experience in casual dining and quick service across nine states, making it one of the largest […]

Slim Chickens Announces Opening in Columbia, South Carolina

Slim Chickens announced its new restaurant opening at 456 Killian Rd, Columbia, South Carolina 29203. Spearheading the third Slims store in Columbia is the reputable multi-unit operating group, Break Bread Ventures, marking their 8th Slims overall.  The better-chicken brand has opened more than 270 locations across the United States, United Kingdom, and Turkey. The brand is […]

Crimson Coward Nashville Hot Chicken Debuts in Maryland

Crimson Coward Nashville Hot Chicken is set to open its first location in Maryland on Monday, June 3 in Columbia at 7090A Deepage Drive. While this is the first store in the state, the Los Angeles-based chicken joint started its east coast expansion with three locations in Virginia: Woodbridge, Stafford and Fredericksburg.  Nabil Asad is […]

Jeff’s Bagel Run Unveils Location in O-Town West

Jeff’s Bagel Run unveiled its latest store in O-Town West, a vibrant mixed-use community nestled  in southwest Orlando.  Situated at 11012 Daryl Carter Parkway, this new location signals the fifth addition to the Jeff’s Bagel Run family across Central Florida. Jeff’s Bagel Run’s mission is Bake Fresh, Bring Joy, Build Community.  In that spirit the […]

Robeks Signs Three New Franchisee Groups

Robeks, the ultimate destination for nutrient-packed smoothies, fresh juices, acai bowls and premium toasts, is celebrating significant strides in its franchise development efforts.  The California-based brand announced today the signing of three new franchise deals, boosting the growth pipeline with eight new locations. This expansion represents a significant milestone for the brand, solidifying its commitment […]

Smalls Sliders Inks 4-Unit Deal in Arkansas

Smalls Sliders, the industry-disrupting cheeseburger slider brand, has signed its latest multi-unit agreement with existing franchisee, Chris McJunkins. The four-Can deal is the brand’s second agreement for Arkansas and marks its entrance into Little Rock.  The Little Rock Cans will be owned by Chris McJunkins, a seasoned multi-brand operator with extensive experience in the restaurant […]

Huey Magoo’s Opens Unit in Worthington, Ohio

Huey Magoo’s – the “Filet Mignon Of Chicken” – celebrated its newest franchise store now open in Worthington, Ohio, President and CEO Andy Howard announces today.  Huey Magoo’s Worthington is the 64th restaurant opening company-wide spanning 12 states, with hundreds more franchises currently sold in 13 states.  The 2,400 square foot end cap restaurant features an outdoor patio.  […]

Toastique Expands Into Tennessee with Nashville Opening

Toastique has announced its latest expansion into Tennessee within Nashville’s North Capitol neighborhood. Set to open in late June 2024, located at 820 4th Ave N Suite 127, Toastique is known for its gourmet toast creations, smoothie bowls, nutrient-rich cold-pressed juices, espresso and coffee and grab-and-go options. The Nashville location will also be offering a […]