Top Emerging Concepts News

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 […]

South Block Opening in Chantilly, Virginia, on June 8

South Block—known for its made-to-order smoothies, açai bowls, toasts and cold-pressed juices—is continuing to build healthier communities in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area with a new restaurant opening June 8. Located at 14383 Newbrook Drive, Ste. 200, in Chantilly, Va., the new restaurant will be next to Chipotle at The Field at Commonwealth—the city’s premier […]

Salad Station Opens First Drive-Thru Restaurant

Salad Station, the fast-growing franchise brand known for their farm-fresh gourmet ingredients and self-serve model, recently opened its 35th location at 1407 Bienville Blvd. in Ocean Springs, Miss. This location features the brand’s first drive-thru unit to serve salads, soups, snacks and drinks to accommodate increasing consumer demand for healthful meal options on-the-go. “With more […]

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Announces Q1 Grand Openings

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, the fast-casual brand renowned for its authentic Hawaiian-style cuisine, announces its exciting lineup of initial openings of 2024 through two successful networks of multi-unit franchise owners in Colorado and Texas. Founded in Honolulu, HI in 1952, L&L continues its mission to share aloha with their popular ‘Plate Lunch’ offerings throughout 230 locations […]

Black Rock Coffee Bar Opens 33rd Store in Texas

Black Rock Coffee Bar, known for its premium roasted coffees, teas, smoothies and flavorful Fuel energy drinks, has announced the grand opening of its 33rd store in the Lonestar state. Located at 10760 Barker Cypress Road at FWY 290, this new location marks the brand’s continued growth in Texas and its 16th store within the […]

Chicken Salad Chick Opening 16th North Carolina Restaurant in Jacksonville

Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announced today its 16th North Carolina restaurant opening in Jacksonville at 1006 Hampton Inn Way. Featuring a convenient drive-thru and an outdoor patio, Chicken Salad Chick of Jacksonville is owned by the same experienced team who brought the brand’s made-from-scratch favorites to Fayetteville […]

Krak Boba to Open First Dallas-Based Restaurant

Southern California-based Krak Boba says hello to Texas, opening its very first store in the state in Dallas on Saturday, May 25 located at 3767 Belt Line Rd. Addison, TX 75001. The highly anticipated grand opening ceremony will be filled with exciting activities and giveaways all day. This marks the brand’s 15th location opening and […]

Tortazo to Open at Chicagoland’s Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center

Tortazo by acclaimed chef, cookbook author and restaurateur, Rick Bayless, announced the opening of the fast casual Mexican restaurant within Macy’s at Westfield Old Orchard shopping center on May 25th. The newest location of Bayless’ Mexico City style torteria highlights the famous Mexican sandwich, the torta, alongside freshly prepared margaritas, mouthwatering tacos and quesadillas, and made to […]

Bang Cookies to Expand in Ocean Township, New Jersey

Bang Cookies, a franchise that delivers stuffed, soft-baked, natural-ingredient cookies, announced it will expand in Ocean Township this summer, signing an experienced franchise entrepreneur as its newest franchisee. Entrepreneur Mike Smilo, founder of Smilo Group, who served as one of the original consultants to Bang Cookies founder George Kuan, plans to open several new Bang […]

Slim Chickens Announces Opening in Greenwich, U.K.

Slim Chickens announced its new restaurant opening in Greenwich, United Kingdom. Spearheaded by the established multi-unit restaurant operator, Boparan Restaurant Group, this is the group’s 52nd Slims restaurant opening since signing with the brand in 2017. The better-chicken brand has opened more than 270 locations across the United States, Turkey, and the UK. The brand […]

Toastique Expanding Into North Carolina with Charlotte Opening

Toastique, a vibrant, artisan toast and juice café conceptualized in Washington D.C., has announced its expansion into North Carolina with its first location in Charlotte. The Toastique concept is renowned for its gourmet toast creations, smoothie bowls, nutrient-rich cold-pressed juices, espresso and coffee, and other convenient grab-and-go options. Originating in 2018., Toastique has garnered national […]

Jeff’s Bagel Run Announces Openings in North Carolina

Building upon a string of successful openings in Central Florida, Jeff’s Bagel Run announced the addition of two new locations in Rolesville and Wake Forest, North Carolina. The home of handcrafted, hot bagels, has four locations open and nine more under construction in Central Florida and Houston. The two North Carolina stores take the total number of […]

Super Chix Opens Second Mississippi-Based Location

SUPER CHIX ( announced the opening of its second location in Mississippi! The new SUPER CHIX®\ restaurant is located at 1175 W Main St. Suite A, Tupelo, MS 38801 – phone number 662-269-1400. “We are thrilled to bring our Brand to the West Main Shopping Center just outside of downtown Tupelo, MS. Residents and businesses in the surrounding community, as well as […]

Krak Boba’s 14th Location Opens in Chico, California

With the growing popularity in boba, Krak Boba is dominating the market throughout California with their imaginative beverages. On Saturday, May 18, the Southern California-based boba franchise is expanding its reach into Northern California, opening its 14th location in Chico, Calif. in Butte County.   The grand opening event will be filled with excitement and activities. The […]

SabaRaba’s to Open Brick-and-Mortar Store in Chamblee, Georgia

SabaRaba’s has been serving Mediterranean street food out of a bright yellow shipping container kiosk in Sandy Springs since 2022, and now owner Udi Hershkovitz is increasing his footprint with a brick-and-mortar location in Chamblee. Hershkovitz is no stranger to the restaurant world, having formerly operated Marrakesh in Ponce City Market and currently running South American […]

Smalls Sliders Signs 9-Unit Franchise Agreement in North Carolina

Smalls Sliders, the premium cheeseburger slider brand with over 240 Cans open or under development, announced a new deal that will bring the breakout concept to Raleigh for the first time. The agreement outlines nine total Cans, all of which will be opened by entrepreneurial team Aaron Zucker and Bob Peterson.  Peterson has a stacked […]