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FSR 50: Top 10 Groups

This is the powerhouse list of groups that own and operate the industry’s highest-performing full-service chains. Ranked based on the group’s 2014 U.S. sales, each parent company owns at least two chains and more than 40 brands are represented in this who’s who of chain operators.

Tack Room Brings Musical Draw to Thalia Hall

The meticulously restored 125-year-old Pilsen landmark, Thalia Hall, has a new musical draw. Combining the socially magnetic properties of lounge piano with the playful depravity of a saloon, the owners of Thalia Hall, Dusek’s Board & Beer (with a menu architected by Michelin-starred chef Jared Wentworth), retro-chic maritime cellar Punch House, and Hyde Park’s hearth-driven bastion The Promontory officially announce the opening of Tack Room, a new cocktail/piano bar concept that furnishes Thalia Hall with another community haven for refreshments, bar snacks and good cheer.

Yard House Introduces New Handcrafted Cocktails

Yard House, the award-winning restaurant known for its creative cuisine and vast selection of draft beer, is also a destination for handcrafted cocktails. On July 13, Yard House will introduce a collection of new adult concoctions using premium spirits and its own house-made citrus agave blend coupled with seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Top 100 Independents: The Great Lakes

Spoon and StableMinneapolisThe cuisine is American in thought and French in technique, with a foundation of classical sauces, bases, and cooking preparations.Opened ∕ November 2014Average Check ∕ $55Chef/Owner ∕ Gavin Kaysen112 EateryMinneapolisRenowned for its tasty late-night dining (the restaurant is open until 1 a.

Top 100 Independents: The Southwest

Virtù Honest CraftScottsdale, ArizonaMediterranean cuisine in a posh Bed and Breakfast setting, where delicacies such as ox tail and the grilled Spanish octopus are standouts, and this James Beard semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in 2014 elegantly blends wines and cocktails with Chef Osso's approachable menu.

Top 100 Independents: West by Northwest

LangbaanPortland, OregonThai comfort food crafted with no open-flame cooking; only ovens and induction burners.Opened ∕ March 2014Annual Sales ∕ $1–$3 millionAverage Check ∕ $65 (without alcohol)Chef/Owner∕ Akkapong Earl NinsomThe Squeaky BeanDenverA pop culture–driven atmosphere grounded by a garden-inspired menu (produce is grown in the neighborhood) and creative cocktails defines The Squeaky Bean, where weekend bingo is a popular draw.

Top 100 Independents: The Heartland

The 404 KitchenNashville, TennesseeHoused in a shipping container with an herb garden on its rooftop, The 404 Kitchen and Chef Matt Bolus give a modern interpretation to European cuisine.Opened ∕ October 2013Annual Sales ∕ $1.

Top 100 Independents: The Mid-Atlantic

GraffiatoRichmond, VirginiaChef de Cuisine Matthew Robinett delivers Italian-inspired small plates with a Southern flair, in this upscale take on casual, hip dining, housed in a historic building with massive windows lining the dining room—a legacy item from the early 20th- century furniture showroom that was the original tenant.

Top 100 Independents: The Northeast

Abe FisherPhiladelphiaThe restaurant is known for its contemporary Jewish cuisine like the Montreal-spiced, smoked short rib with house-made rye and mustards.Opened ∕ August 2014Projected Annual Sales ∕ Over $2 millionAverage Check ∕ $55Owners ∕ Mike Solomonov and Steve CookTownsendPhiladelphiaLocated in a historic row house, this French fine-dining restaurant is known for its updated classics like Rabbit Pot au Feu, as well as its modern selections—Escargot with Fiddlehead Ferns, Bacon, Sherry and Crème Fraiche.

Del Frisco's Grille Continues Texas Expansion

Del Frisco's Restaurant Group Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of its newest Del Frisco's Grille in Plano, Texas. The new location in the Shops of Legacy opened on Friday, June 19. This marks the 18th Del Frisco's Grille across the country, and the 47th restaurant overall for Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, which also owns and operates 11 Del Frisco Double Eagle and 18 Sullivan's Steakhouse locations.

Yard House Updates Signature Items In Menu Refresh

Yard House, the award-winning restaurant known for its creative cuisine and vast selection of draft beer, has added a pair of new items to its menu of American fare while updating several signature items with the use of new ingredients, textures, flavors, and presentations.

Gratafy Mobile App Wins Award For Beverage Purchase Tech

Gratafy, the leading platform for digital gifting, was recognized for its breakthrough "Buds for Buds" campaign with a 2015 Facebook Award for Social Technology, which honors the five most innovative integrations of the year with the Facebook platform.

Red Robin Rolls Out Terminator-Inspired Offerings

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. announced an action-packed menu lineup inspired by the July 1 theatrical release of Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions’ Terminator Genisys starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, and Jai Courtney.

Top Four Finalists Announced For Spirited Awards

Following the largest nomination pool in the history of the show and a rigorous judging process by some of the most respected minds in the cocktail industry, Tales of the Cocktail is announcing the Top Four Finalists for each category of the 9th Annual Spirited Awards.