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laV Restaurant Opens Outdoor Garden Space

Just following its one year anniversary, laV Restaurant & Wine Bar in East Austin, Texas, debuts its outdoor walking gardens and special event space: Jardins de laV. Situated directly to the east of the restaurant just steps from the outdoor patio, the large outdoor area features several large box garden plots that provide produce and herbs for many of the restaurants’ seasonal dishes.

World of Beer to Open First NYC Location

Early next month, World of Beer will open its first location in New York City, a 5,000-square-foot space in Chelsea, six blocks from Madison Square Garden.The demographics of make Manhattan, as well as New Yorkers' love of craft beer, make it a favorable market for World of Beer, says Paul Avery, CEO of the 71-unit brand.

ESquared Hospitality Opens Second BLT Steak in Japan

After opening in Roppongi, Tokyo Sept. 2014, BLT Steak Ginza opened on the 8th floor of the Royal Crystal Ginza in Tokyo, Japan.BLT Steak and ESquared Hospitality have grown from one New York restaurant in 2004 to a multi-concept brand with more than 20 restaurants worldwide.

Site Selection Technology SiteZeus Secures Additional Funding

SiteZeus, a business centered on site selection technology for emerging and established brands, announced it has secured $2.2 million in funding from Chris Sullivan, Bloomin’ Brands partner and co-founder of Outback Steakhouse, as well as Baldwin Beach Capital.

Airport Dining Lifts Off

Eating at a U.S. airport used to mean one of two choices: fast food or full-service chain. However, the same trends impacting the broader restaurant marketplace have made their way past airport security into food courts and terminals across the country.

The Melting Pot Offers Franchise Incentive in Connecticut

The Melting Pot is accelerating its expansion effort in Hartford, Connecticut by offering a significant discount on its initial franchise fee.In honor of its 40th anniversary, The Melting Pot will offer new franchisees who sign a franchise agreement to develop one or more restaurants a 40 percent off the initial franchise fee for their first restaurant, which is a savings of $18,000.

First Watch in Bonita Springs, Florida, Relocates To Bigger Space

First Watch Restaurants announced the relocation of its decade-old restaurant in Bonita Springs, Florida.The restaurant on S. Tamiami Trail closed after business on April 5 and will reopen April 10, at 22923 Lyden Drive in Estero as one of 45 First Watch restaurants in Florida.

Chef Sarah Master Updates Midwestern Cuisine at Lakeside Resort

Refined flavors and comfortable lodging will combine in June with the opening of Mr. Roberts Resort in Pengilly, Minnesota.Mr. Roberts Resort is a combination of a full service restaurant, bar, cabins, and RV sites, situated on Swan Lake in Northern Minnesota.

Another Broken Egg Cafe To Develop Five Locations In Tennessee

Another Broken Egg Café announced the signing of a five-store development agreement for Tennessee in 2015.With the first location slated to open at 208 Commerce Street in Nashville by July, and plans to open up to two additional locations over the next couple of years.

Wood Ranch Expands Beyond California

The first Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill venture outside of California will open this spring at the Springfield Town Center in Springfield, Virginia.Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill, which currently operates 14 restaurants, announced that Jason Fleming has been promoted to mid-Atlantic area director, and that Phill Helton has been promoted to first managing partner of the Springfield location.