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Doherty Enterprises, a large franchise operator of Panera and Applebee's restaurants, opened Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, an all-Italian small plates and wine concept in Clifton, N.J.
Sage Restaurant Group's new Kachina Southwestern Grill in Westminster, Colo., offers a modern take on authentic Southwestern fare, combining Native American, Arizonan and New Mexican favorites.
After four years of "quiet mode" growth, MOD Pizza, the Seattle-based, fast-casual chain known for its customizable, artisanal pizzas, has rapidly expanded throughout the Pacific Northwest. Stores seven and eight opened in Redmond and Sammamish, Wash., and the chain plans to expand outside the state in 2013.
Seventy-one percent of consumers now purchase beverages away from home twice a week or more, according to Technomic's "Beverage Consumer Trend Report."
Caribou Coffee has teamed up with a local grocery store chain in the Chicago area to grow its retail and footprint as well as to lay the groundwork for continued expansion, not unlike Starbucks' partnership with Dominick's years ago, which has since been scaled back.
Greek yogurt manufacturer Chobani opened its first yogurt bar in New York City with a design that peppers Mediterranean cues throughout and focuses on the intersections of city and country, Old World and New World, and wood and metal.
After years of concept testing, Domino's announced an image makeover, including a reworked logo and a new prototype with an added emphasis on custom-built orders, carryout and even in-store dining.
San Antonio-based Taco Cabana celebrated the opening of a new location in Allen, Texas, with the chain's from-the-ground-up redesign.
Del Taco's location on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles showcases the chain's new contemporary prototype, which features new colors, an updated seating area and a salsa bar. Like many of the chain's other locations, this unit is also open 24 hours (though it does not have a drive-thru) and features an expanded dining room and breakfast menu.