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Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que Coming to West Covina, California

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, the award-winning restaurant concept that serves savory, Southern-style food in 17 full-service, high-energy restaurants throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, will open a new location at the Westfield West Covina shopping center in the first quarter of 2014.

Bennigan’s Rolls Out All-American Summer Menu

It’s getting hot outside, but Bennigan’s has teamed with Hormel Foods to introduce a cool All-American Summer menu featuring several new items along with a few of the restaurant’s traditional favorites.

Hurricane Grill & Wings Opens Fifth Long Island Restaurant

Hurricane Grill & Wings introduces its largest Long Island restaurant in Garden City. The family-friendly restaurant known for its relaxed atmosphere and award-winning wings, welcomes local residents to experience the bold island flavors that have made New York one of the franchise’s fastest growing markets.

First Watch Plans Opening Of Third Pittsburgh-Area Restaurant

Award-winning Breakfast, Brunch, and Lunch restaurant First Watch announced plans to open its third Pittsburgh-area restaurant in mid-2014.The restaurant will be located in McCandless Crossing, a mixed-use retail center under development at the corner of McKnight Road and Cumberland Road, and will employ approximately 25 people.

Revitalized Huddle House Reveals Growth Plans

Following three consecutive years of comp sales growth and the successful launch of a new contemporary restaurant prototype, Huddle House announced plans today to open 135 new restaurants throughout the Southeast and Texas over the next five years.

Max's Wine Dive to Serve Gluten-Free Fried Chicken

Max’s Wine Dive, with locations throughout Texas in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas, will begin serving gluten friendly Fried Chicken on Saturday, July 6 for guests to enjoy in time for National Fried Chicken Day.

FSR 50: Five Segments, Fifty Leaders

The FSR 50 salutes top performers whose 2012 revenues led the industry across five segments of the full-service restaurant industry: Casual Dining; Family Dining; Upscale Dining; Restaurant Groups; and Independent Operators.

FSR 50: Top 10 Casual-Dining Chains

Casual dining, where checks average $12 to $50 and there is some alcohol service, is still clawing out of a deep hole that saw customers trading down to quick service and fast casual. However, in 2012 this sector captured sales and unit growth, and continues to reassert itself in the American consumers' consciousness.

FSR 50: Top 10 Restaurant Groups

The nation's top 10 restaurant groups collectively managed more than $33 billion in 2012 revenues and more than 12,000 restaurants .From DineEquity's completed push to franchise 99 percent of the Applebee's system to the retirement of venerable Ruby Tuesday executive Sandy Beall, America's highest-performing restaurant groups made waves of strategic plays to bolster relevancy, heighten profitability, and attract guests.

FSR 50: Top 10 Upscale-Dining Chains

Upscale dining, characterized primarily by dinner-focused concepts with extensive beverage programs and check averages above $50, was battered by the recession's money-saving realities. But things are finally looking up for the restaurant industry's upscale-dining stalwarts—with sales growth and unit growth in 2012 among most of the segment's major players.

FSR 50: Top 10 Family-Dining Chains

Family dining—typically defined by check averages below $12 and with very limited or no alcohol service—faces an all-out battle for relevancy amid sharpening competition and shifting consumer-dining habits.