Foodservice News & Trends

Breaking news for the full foodservice equipment and supplies distribution channel. Includes information on dealers, distributors, design consultants and multi-unit operators spanning leadership changes, mergers and acquisitions, trends, data and much more.

Trends in Prototype Design: Burrito Beach Aligns Design, Food Quality

Food quality has always been a big deal at Burrito Beach, a Chicago-based fast-casual concept founded by Greg Schulson in 1995.

Design? Not so much. Nonetheless, the brand did well in the competitive fast-casual segment, growing to five units with its kitschy beach and Mexican aesthetic.

Trends in Prototype Design: Tilted Kilt Shrinks Footprint, Gains Efficiencies

Changing consumer expectations and the need to remain relevant are big drivers for many prototype changes, and so are unit economics. Such is the case for Tempe, Ariz.-based Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery. With legacy units measuring 8,000 to 10,000 square feet and many occupying freestanding, second-generation sites, the costs and constraints associated with the existing prototype were limiting growth.