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Metro Diner to Open 50th Location in Sarasota on March 13

Metro Diner is quickly expanding and making its mark on comfort food with the celebration of its 50th diner in Sarasota, Florida, on March 13. Known for adding flair to an extensive menu of traditional diner dishes, each location is recognized as the place where the locals eat.

Cody's Original Roadhouse Preps for Florida Takeover

One of the great things about scaling a restaurant concept in Florida is it can mirror nationwide expansion at times. Jacksonville and Tampa; Orlando and Ocala. Forget markets—these cities almost feel like different countries.

Tony Roma's Continues U.S. Expansion with Denver Opening

Romacorp, Inc., the parent company of Tony Roma’s, announced the opening of its newest U.S. restaurant in Denver. This is Tony Roma’s second domestic restaurant opening in 2018, coming quickly on the heels of its West Palm Beach, Florida, opening just a few weeks ago.

Growing Flying Biscuit Cafe Unveils Plans for the Future

According to the National Restaurant Association’s end-of-year survey of 700 American Culinary Federation members, all-day breakfast is the 15th-largest trend in the culinary arena. Embracing this trend is Atlanta-based The Flying Biscuit Café, which celebrates and looks forward to continual franchise growth inside and outside of the Southeast as it hits the milestone of 25 years in business.

Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen Sets March Opening Date for Coral Gables

Chicago-based Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen, known for its selection of flavorful dishes that are all made from scratch, will open its Coral Gables location on March 5, 2018. Coming to the bustling dining and business district of Coral Gables on the corner of Miracle Mile and Salzedo Street, Doc B’s will bring a cool, no-fuss, menu-forward dining experience to locals and visitors.

Grand Ole BBQ y Asado Plans 2nd Location

Grand Ole BBQ y Asado, known by locals for its Central Texas Barbeque, announced plans to bring its famed BBQ to a second, much bigger location in Flinn Springs, in partnership with Social Syndicate. As part of the collaboration, the teams plan to create a quintessential Texas-style dining and entertainment venue—a first of its kind in San Diego.

Charleston Hospitality Group Breaks Ground on 4th Toast Location

Ground broke for Charleston Hospitality Group’s fourth Toast! location, this one in the family-friendly Nexton community in Summerville, South Carolina. With locations in downtown Charleston, West Ashley, and Old Trolley Road near downtown Summerville, the newest Toast! is scheduled to open in late 2018 or early 2019.

Plumed Horse Chef Unveils New Restaurant Collection

Owners of The Plumed Horse—Saratoga’s historic, Michelin-starred restaurant, announced the formation of the Plumed Horse Collection, with new retail and restaurant additions including fine-casual Italian restaurant Pasta Armellino and Plumed Horse Chocolaterie.

Hyde Park Restaurant Group Announces Second Detroit Location

Hyde Park Restaurant Group revealed plans for the opening of a Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse at Northville Village Center in Northville Township, Michigan. The 7,000 square foot, freestanding restaurant features three private dining rooms and seating for 200 guests.

East Coast Wings + Grill Plans Tennessee Expansion

East Coast Wings + Grill, a fast-growing, family dining franchise, has plans to expand throughout the state of Tennessee. With three existing units in Memphis, Kingsport, and Johnson City, the company has announced plans to open seven additional locations through franchise partnerships over the next two years.

Ocean Prime Announces Chicago Restaurant for 2019

Ocean Prime, the modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell, and Oxford Capital Group, LLC announced the opening of a Chicago location next year at the Shops at LondonHouse located at the corner of North Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.

Cracker Barrel Debuts First California Restaurant in Victorville

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store announced its newest location in Victorville, California, the first Cracker Barrel store to open in the Golden State. Starting Monday, February 5, Cracker Barrel will open its doors to families in Victorville, who will experience a restaurant that combines dining and shopping as a seamless experience in a relaxing, comfortable environment.

Cantina Laredo Opens Location in Puerto Rico

Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc. announced the opening of Cantina Laredo in The Mall of San Juan.Cantina Laredo, featuring modern Mexican cuisine, will serve authentic Mexican dishes and drinks using only the best ingredients.

Can a Barbecue Chain Ever Rule America's Dining Scene?

By the end of 2016, McDonald’s had amassed 36,900 retail shops globally, Burger King 15,738 outlets, and Pizza Hut 11,000 eateries. While burger and pizza chains have expanded exponentially, consider some of the largest barbecue chains in the U.

The Lost Cajun Signs Development Deal in North Denver

The Lost Cajun is set for further expansion in Colorado. Founded by Louisiana-native Raymond “Griff” Griffin, the family-friendly restaurant franchise focused on authentic Cajun food and hospitality has signed an agreement for the development of two additional restaurants over the next few years.