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Hooters' Real Estate Tool Fuels Expansion Strategy

Hooters' growth plan in 2015 includes 30 remodels, at least five new corporate restaurants, and upwards of 24 franchise openings internationally.This comes on top of 10 new international units in 2014 and 55 domestic remodels during the last 18 months.

Hospitality Rules

The woman’s face is beaming, despite remaining damp from the trickles of water falling from her rain-soaked hair. She holds a steaming to-go cup of coffee and approaches the table talking: “You’re the owner? I just want to tell you how much my husband and I have enjoyed your restaurants.

Vested in Vegas

Las Vegas is back. Perhaps prognosticators are fearful of making such bold statements, but it’s hard to ignore the evidence that Las Vegas has moved past the recession and is ready to return to prosperity and growth.

Midwestern Makeover

As Chef David Falk likes to say, his goal for dining excellence is BPA. Translated for the masses, it simply means to “blow people away,” and that is the mission of the celebrated chef, founder, and CEO of Boca Restaurant Group.

Labriola Plans Early 2015 Opening Date in Chicago

Labriola Ristorante & Café, the next step in the evolution of the Labriola brand, lands on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue in early 2015. The newest venture from acclaimed Chicago baker Rich Labriola offers three distinct experiences within one space: a full-service Italian restaurant helmed by Executive Chef John Caputo (formerly of Bin 36 and A Mano), a bar, and a bakery café.

Tadich Grill Plans Washington, D.C., Location

After years of guest requests, America’s third oldest, continuously operating restaurant, Tadich Grill, is opening on the East Coast in the first quarter of 2015. The Washington, D.C., location will be on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 10th Street, NW, at the pulse of the political district, just as the original is in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district.

Promise Lands

Just as locally sourced foods entice diners, so do wines crafted from grapes with regional roots. While Napa Valley and Sonoma County are widely recognized as premier wine regions—and, in recent years, Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Washington’s Columbia Valley have gained prominence as well—restaurants are increasingly sourcing from regions that are less familiar to the masses.

Southern Cooking, Northern Challenges

Philadelphia gained some Southern sensibilities last December.It started with Chef Kevin Sbraga opening his second venture in the city, the Fat Ham, building off the success of his eponymous restaurant Sbraga.

Incentive to Open a New Concept in Evansville, Indiana

It’s a savory offer. City leaders in Evansville, Indiana, will award $250,000 to the restaurateur or developer with the best plan to open a new restaurant in their downtown.The initiative, called the Main Course Restaurant Challenge, is motivated by a desire “not to control the project but to eliminate some of the challenges in creating a new restaurant,” explains Joshua Armstrong, downtown alliance director for the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

NC's The Cowfish Opens in Universal Orlando

Universal CityWalk’s newest restaurant, The Cowfish, opensed Dec. 10, bringing the nation’s original sushi burger bar to the heart of Universal Orlando’s entertainment complex.

Clay Pigeon Redefines Scratch Dining in Fort Worth

When Chef Marcus Paslay moved back to Fort Worth, Texas, last year, after nearly a decade cooking in esteemed kitchens around the country, he knew he was planning a bit of a culinary revolution."For a long time, Fort Worth has been known as a meat-and-potatoes town and certainly a lot of high-quality steakhouses," Chef Paslay says, "but if you wanted a nice meal, you had to go to a steakhouse.

Russo's Inks Deal for First San Antonio Restaurant

A local developer and experienced business owner has signed a franchise agreement with Russo's Restaurants to open a Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen in San Antonio. It will be the first Russo's location in San Antonio and is slated to open in the spring of 2015 at The Rim, a premium mixed-use residential and shopping destination.

Texas de Brazil Brings Steakhouse to Nashville

Upscale Brazilian steakhouse, Texas de Brazil, is set to spice up Music City USA with the opening of its newest location in Nashville, Tennessee. The 6,800-square-foot restaurant located in The West End neighborhood will showcase a private dining area with chef's table, an open-view grill in the dining area, a feature wine wall, and a bar/lounge area.

First Watch Acquires Nashville’s Bread & Company

First Watch Restaurants, Inc., the breakfast, brunch, and lunch concept, announced it has acquired Nashville-based Bread & Company, including the two restaurants operating in Green Hills and West End, as well as all recipes, marks, and intellectual property.