Chain News & Profiles

Chain News & Profiles includes news on chain restaurants, operations, profiles, trend pieces and new concepts.

Urban Bricks: Built for Growth

With a hip yet low-frills design and limited equipment package, this fast-casual pizza chain was developed with franchising in mind. Three years in, the plan is working.

The Pie Hole Names Ames CEO

Edie Ames was named chief executive officer for The Pie Hole, a Los Angeles-based pie and coffee shop with global expansion ambitions.

Teremok Hopes Home Cooking Has No Borders

Russian chain banks on quality ingredients and familiar flavors as it moves into New York City.

Coolgreens has Nothing to Hide

New prototype moves nearly all food prep and production to the front of the house for this healthy eating fast-casual chain.

Salsarita’s Goes Fresh Mex All Around

This fast-casual operation has changed its name, design and culture in a quest to upgrade its food choices.

New Leadership Seeks Turnaround for Pie Five Pizza Co.

After a period of same-store sales decline, this fast-casual chain is betting on new menu items, a new service model and a new prototype to turn its fortunes around.

Roka Akor Keeps it Simple

This Japanese fine-dining concept specializes in dishes that let the main ingredient shine without extra sauces and seasoning. It has an interior design and kitchen to match.