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Elevation Burger Unveils Coke Freestyle Machine

Elevation Burger, known for its organic, grass-fed burgers and recognized as one of the most innovative burger chains in the country, recently debuted the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine in its Falls Church, Virginia, location. The machine displays the latest technology from Coca-Cola, dispensing 106 sparkling and still beverage brands from a single freestanding unit.  In addition […]

Zpizza Introduces Rusticas, Free Form Crust Pizzas

Zpizza is starting a pure pizza flavor revolution with tastes from around the world in each bite of its Zpizza rusticas. Rusticas are personal-sized free form crust pizzas, made with 100 percent certified organic wheat dough prepared fresh every day, hand-thrown, and fire-baked until uniquely crisp. With options like curry chicken and yam and pear and […]

Seat Yourself: Denny’s Goes Fast Casual

It may have Denny's name hanging on its sign, but the menuboards on the wall and the lack of hosts and servers insinuate a slightly different adventure. Denny’s ventured into the fast-casual market on Nov. 12 with the opening of the first Denny’s Café in Orange, California. The café is the brainchild of Steve Dunn, […]

What’s Pollo Campero Going to Do Now? Go to Disney World

Visitors to Downtown Disney Marketplace can now experience the food of Pollo Campero, an international Latin chicken quick-service restaurant, and the first-of-its-kind Fresh A-Peel, featuring made-to-order fresh selections. At Pollo Campero, Walt Disney World guests can order combinations of freshly prepared Latin chicken, side dishes such as yuca fries and sweet plantains, and Latin drinks […]

Chipotle Will Open Asian-Inspired Concept

A small team from Chipotle Mexican Grill led by founder, chairman, and co-CEO Steve Ells is working on an Asian restaurant concept that follows the Chipotle model. The company plans to open one Asian-inspired restaurant in 2011.

NRA Hails Small Business Jobs Act of 2010

The bill, which is expected to be signed by President Obama next week, will provide the nation’s restaurants and small businesses with tax relief and assistance in gaining access to capital.

Assault on Casual

From his Colorado office, Boston Market CEO Lane Cardwell is targeting some free agents—dining free agents, that is. “There are some customers out there open to where they’ll be eating, and Boston Market is happy to capture that business,” Cardwell says. Cardwell is referring specifically to the significant chunk of diners who are in limbo […]