Top Emerging Concepts News

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 […]

Chick N Max Eyes Expansion in the Southeast

Chick N Max – a next generation fast casual franchise specializing in chef-crafted sandwiches, golden-fried tenders, and almond wood-smoked chicken and wings – has set its sights on the Southeast United States for its next wave of expansion. With seven restaurants already open and operating across the Central United States, and an active pipeline that stands […]

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 […]