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Jose Garces' Rural Society Expands to Chicago

With Rural Society's new location opening earlier this month in the Loews Chicago hotel, Chef Jose Garces, founder of the eponymous multi-concept Garces Group, returns to his hometown."With the number of steakhouses we have in Chicago, Jose wanted to give everyone his version of what a steakhouse could be," says Chef de Cuisine Cory Morris, who joins Rural Society after seven years at Mercat a la Planxa, also a Jose Garces concept.

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A Well-Planned Coup

In one year’s time, the aptly named coup d’état in uptown Minneapolis has managed to transform the neighborhood’s culinary landscape with more upscale cuisine, better service, and sophisticated beverage offerings.

Peas & Carrots Hospitality To Open 2 Concepts This Summer

Peas & Carrots Hospitality will open two restaurants in the former Chen Chow Brasserie space, located at 260 N Old Woodward Avenue, in downtown Birmingham, Michigan in summer 2015.The company, which is owned by partners Zack Sklar, Josh Humphrey, and Jim Bellinson, also operates Social Kitchen & Bar in Birmingham, MEX, and Beau’s Grillery in Bloomfield Hills.

Ponderosa Grill To Open In Dubai

Homestyle Dining, which owns, operates, and franchises family-focused restaurants offering steakhouse dining concepts throughout the U.S. and internationally announced that longtime franchisee, The Sterling Group, has opened the first Ponderosa Grill in Dubai.

The Moxie is in the Menu

Amidst the sea of chains in Jacksonville, Florida, one independent stands out—literally. Chef/owner Tom Gray built Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails as a brand new restaurant within a busy town center already experiencing chain restaurant domination by the likes of The Cheesecake Factory, P.

Restaurant CEOs To Talk Real Estate At Conference

CEOs of restaurant brands oversee teams that make crucial real estate decisions, impacting the success of their concepts.From site selection to lease negotiations to overall real estate tactics, quick-service, fast casual, and full-service restaurant executives constantly seek effective strategies to boost expansion plans, optimize store networks, and maximize profits.

Rock & Brews To Open Second LAX Location

Crews, a retailer and food and beverage operator at top airports, announced plans to open a second Rock & Brews at the Los Angeles International Airport.The rock-inspired restaurant founded by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS will open to travelers in the fourth quarter of this year as part of the $508 million overhaul of Terminal 1 that is being spearheaded by Southwest Airlines in partnership with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Westfield.

The Egg & I Coming to Melbourne, Florida

Centennial, Colorado based The Egg & I Restaurants announced the opening of its 113th location in Melbourne, Florida on Monday, Feb. 2.The restaurant opens at 6:00 a.m. and is located at 2447 N. Wickham Road on the corner of Wickham Road & Lake Washington Road.

SSCP Management Acquires Roy’s Restaurant Chain

Dallas businessman and Applebee's franchisee Sunil Dharod, president and CEO of SSCP Management, officially added the Roy's Restaurant chain to his restaurant portfolio.In late 2014, Bloomin' Brands announced its intention to sell its interest in the Roy's concept to United Ohana, a new division of Dharod's SSCP Management.

Local Partners Open First Watch in Louisville

 Local restauranteur Tom Longshore and his partners Gary Holland and Ron Rosen opened Louisville, Kentucky's first First Watch restaurant.The restaurant, founded in 1983, features traditional breakfast, brunch, and lunch favorites alongside fresh recipes made with ingredients such as cage-free eggs, house-made granola and salsa, house-roasted vegetables, and 100 percent fresh-squeezed orange juice.

International Zuma Opens in Manhattan

Zuma, London's award-winning restaurant, officially opened its ninth outpost in its international collection in Midtown Manhattan.Founded by Chef Rainer Becker, Zuma offers contemporary Japanese dining that is authentic, but not traditional, prepared using the highest quality ingredients and characterized by bold flavors and simple but exquisite presentation.

Street Smarts

When Ed Barnett and Karim Webb opened their Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar in south Los Angeles’ Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw district three years ago, the franchisees knew the odds they’d face.