Chain News & Profiles

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New Kitchen Supports Three-Pronged Approach to Senior Meals

Providing seniors with a gathering place for healthy aging, lifelong learning and delicious meals has long been the mission of the Montpelier Senior Activity Center in Montpelier, Vt. A disastrous fire in 2009 forced major renovations. The historic building housing the center, as well as the city’s former recreation department and school superintendent’s offices, was rendered virtually uninhabitable. “Practically the only components remaining were the original brick frame and foundation, stairwells, tin ceilings and some wooden floors,” says Janna Clar, the center’s director.

Chain Profile: Balance Grille Shifts the Playing Field

Most Millennials probably don’t know it, but they’re among the darlings of the restaurant world. Chains roll out features like community tables and smartphone apps with the hope of drawing in these younger diners. Ultimately, the goal is to build long-term relationships with them and their discretionary dollars.

Wyndridge Farm: From Farmland to Full-On Agri-Hospitality

The Wyndridge Farm trifecta: a craft brewery and winery, restaurant and catering/event business all wrapped into one.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Encourages Engagement with New Design

With a fresh take on the tropics, Tropical Smoothie Cafe banishes loud-and-proud kitschy and upgrades to subdued beach house vibe.

Johnny Rockets Moves Beyond the Diner

The burger, shakes and fries chain is applying a new look and kitchen design across multiple operational styles.

The Food Hall Phenomenon

Unique spaces create custom foodservice operations at four distinctly different food halls.

Black Bear Diner Names New COO

Chain Profile: Slim Chickens Sticks with the Basics

This fast-casual chicken chain is counting on Southern hospitality and efficient operation to help it add more than 500 stores in the next decade.

Altizer Becomes President of McAlister's Deli

Former McDonald's and Elevation Burger executive assumes leadership role with the fast-casual concept. 

1899 Dining Hall at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif.

With its contemporary ambiance and food-centered concepts, this dining hall renovation brings prestige and a sense of community to campus.

Bonanza Leaves the Buffet Behind

This legendary restaurant chain rebrands itself as a steak and barbecue concept focused on full-service casual dining.

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