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    In a world defined by disruption and volatility, restaurant leaders face increasingly complex questions about how to...

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    Inside the Checkers & Rally’s New Design

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    How Dutch Bros Keeps Development Ticking

    As the nation’s restaurant industry experienced shuttered storefronts, tanked sales, and hobbled development plans, in...

    What Restaurant Chains can Learn from Meow Wolf

    When Vince Kadlubek—Founder & Director of Meow Wolf—launched “The House of Eternal Return” in Santa Fe in 2016, he did...

    Lessons from Papa Johns' Brand Refresh

    According to Jennifer Pecoraro-Striepling, “There’s no magic bullet to remodels.” 

    Sweetgreen, Inspire & Dave's Hot Chicken Discuss Development Challenges

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    How C3 by sbe is Turbocharging the Rise of Virtual Brands

    In a relatively short amount of time, the restaurant space has become flooded with virtual brands. What started out as...

    Popeyes President Shares Innovation Roadmap at RestaurantSpaces

    While many restaurants faced significant learning curves during the Covid-19 pandemic, one was well-situated for the...

    Inside the Transformation at Panera Bread

    When it comes to adapting to an increasingly digital customer, Panera Bread has been far from a late adopter. 

    Global Trends US Restaurants Need to Pay Attention to

    Whether the rise of digital-first brands, the proliferation of AI, robotics, and a plethora of new formats, the...

    RestaurantSpaces Spring Puts Experience + Tech at the Forefront

    Two years ago, it was very apparent that the relationship between customers and chain restaurants was changing. But it...

    Here are All of the Insights from RestaurantSpaces Fall

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    Lessons from Taco Bell CEO Mark King

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    Are You Ready for the Digital-First Future of Restaurants?

    After two years of disruption, restaurants are finally settling into the fact that nothing will ever be the same. While...

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    Recently, Michael Beacham was out for dinner in Malibu when he noticed something interesting. The restaurant had added...

    Inside CHOPT's New Digital-First Restaurant

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    Why Drive-Thru Operations Matter More Than Drive-Thru Design

    Drive-thru isn’t the future of dining… nor the past. It’s the present. In 2020, 74 percent of Americans ordered food...

    Overcoming Subcontractor Shortages Right Now

    There’s not a single executive in restaurant construction who hasn’t felt the brunt of severe material and labor...

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    P.F. Chang’s CEO Sheds Light on Brand’s Transformation

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    RestaurantSpaces Expands to Two Events a Year

    From kitchens and dining rooms to drive-thrus and essentially every other aspect of the business, the last two years...

    How the Pandemic Fueled Restaurant Innovation

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    How AI Will Transform Restaurant Construction

    The old axiom that time is money rarely rings as true as it does in restaurant development. As if ever-increasing...

    What the WELL Seal Means for Restaurants

    The COVID-19 pandemic starkly illuminated our reliance on the invisible architecture of built environments. People...

    Finding Greater Restaurant Efficiency Post-Pandemic

    Rethinking the flow of a restaurant, in the front and back of house, could be the ticket to success in a post-pandemic...

    Inside CAVA's Zoës Kitchen Conversions

    In a recent episode of DISRUPT — our weekly LinkedIn live show with movers and shakers in the restaurant space — we met...

    How CKE is Embracing Fast Food’s Digital-First Future

    Back in 2019, CKE began prototyping new designs for its flagship restaurants, Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. The fast food...

    How Virtual Brands are Changing the Restaurant Industry

    It’s estimated that virtual restaurant brands will become a $1 trillion industry by 2030, according to Michael...

    11 Trends in Restaurant Development Right Now

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    QSR in a Lifestyle Wrapping is Possible

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    Relentless Innovation Required for Restaurants to Thrive

    A lot can change, and fall away, in just a few months. Just ask the thousands of restaurateurs, chefs, servers, and...

    Restaurant Design in the Age of On-Demand Food Delivery

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    Restaurant Industry Admits Need to Reinvent Itself at RestaurantSpaces

    How different could the restaurant scene look in just the next handful of years?

    Reducing Restaurant Rollout Costs

    The pain of ever-increasing construction costs is a reality restaurant executives are well-acquainted with. 

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    How Ghost Kitchens Will Reshape the Restaurant Industry

    If you’re a chain restaurant executive, guaranteed, there is one topic that's been impossible for you to ignore in...

    How Incoming Natural Gas Bans Will Transform Restaurants

    When you picture a restaurant’s back of house, you likely flick to images of a bustling, overheated kitchen, complete...

    Why America’s Restaurant Chains Need to Redefine Themselves

    Mobile ordering, ghost kitchens, third-party delivery, voice assistants, social media, AI, personalization... As the...

    Free eBook: RestaurantSpaces - 2019 Year in Review

    As we stand on the precipice of a decade which promises to be even more disruptive than the last, it’s prudent to...

    Streamlining Back of House Operations in the Age of Online Ordering

    A year ago, if you had stumbled into the kitchen of a Rōti Modern Mediterranean in the middle of Wednesday’s lunch...

    RestaurantSpaces Expands with a Tech Focus

    The restaurant industry is changing. Rapidly.

    How Restaurants Should Approach Automation Amid Rising Labor Costs

    "Automation and labor go hand-in-hand," Juan Martinez declared during his talk at RestaurantSpaces

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    &pizza's Employee-First Approach to Restaurant Design

    When your employees are so passionate about your company that they choose to get your logo tattooed on their bodies,...

    How Tender Greens Feeds its Mission with Restaurant Design

    When Tender Greens Co-Founder and Executive Chairman Erik Oberholtzer was first working out the restaurant's concept...

    Designing Restaurants for All Five Senses

    If there is one thing Aaron Noveshen wants you to take away from his talk at RestaurantSpaces, it's…well, it's actually...

    The Inevitable Rise of Virtual Kitchens

    Meredith Sandland, Chief Operating Officer at Kitchen United, wants people in the restaurant industry to understand...

    How Restaurants are Anticipating the Needs of Tomorrow

    In this age of ultra-convenience, customers expect to be able to order dinner from their favorite restaurants through...

    Restaurant Chain CEOs Rethink Store Size

     In a culinary climate dominated by artisanal everything and a customer base that more and more wants to stay at home...

    Optimizing Restaurants for the Future of Takeout and Mobile Ordering

     

    Over the years, customers opting for the drive-thru lane at restaurants have become well acquainted with a...

    Songwriter Kevin Griffin Shares “World Class” Creativity Lessons

    In 1995, a little song called “Good” from a little band called Better Than Ezra climbed up the Billboard charts to...

    Why Sweetgreen Could be the McDonald’s of Tomorrow

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    How &pizza Empowers Employees to Strengthen Store Experience & Design

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    Our Top 5 Articles of 2018

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    The Chain Restaurant of 2030: Part II

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    The Chain Restaurant of 2030: Part I

    This is part one of our two-part exploration into how the chain restaurant could evolve over the next decade. In this...

    8 Restaurant Chains Experimenting with Alternative Formats

    Even the most prolific selfie snappers of the Instagram generation are the first to admit their attention spans are...

    3 Ways to Boost Restaurant Efficiency and Combat Labor Woes

    While rising costs across the board are making it increasingly difficult for restaurant chains to keep shareholders...

    5 Restaurant Chains Using Design to Champion their Causes

    Today, merely spitting out the occasional press release and keeping a flashy, yet neglected corner of the company...

    Redesigning Restaurants for the Delivery Economy

    Rush hour has just kicked in and kitchen staff at a popular gourmet burger chain work frantically to keep up with the...

    How Embracing Sustainability Makes Restaurants More Profitable

    No matter the industry, there’s one big challenge most development teams struggle to tackle effectively, or...

    Taco Bell reinvents itself into a full-fledged lifestyle brand

    The company that leaned into its own fan-fueled reputation as a late-night destination for folks who've had a few (too...

    Meeting the Expectations of a Changing Customer

    At a recent RestaurantSpaces discussion focused on how fast casual and quick service restaurants are adapting to meet...

    Nolan Bushnell Talks the Future of Foodservice and Tech at RestaurantSpaces

    Nolan Bushnell has a vision for the future of the restaurant industry.

    Actually, he has a vision for the future of...

    Punch Bowl Social CEO Links Inauthenticity to Casual Dining Woes

    In its heyday, more than 3,500 fans would cram into the hot and sweaty stands of San Diego’s Coliseum Federal Athletic...

    How AI Can Help Restaurants Enhance the Guest Experience & Drive Sales

    Data mining is the gold mining of today, but it's practically worthless to collect endless streams of data if you don't...

    Umami Burger Unveils New “Lifestyle Hub” at RestaurantSpaces

    With the modern diner now demanding more than just a meal, a rising number of restaurant operators are clamoring to...

    Restaurant Development Leaders Talk Future of Delivery and Automation

    Ever since the widespread adoption of third-party food delivery apps, restaurant operators have been faced with a...

    Innovation and Ideas Collide at RestaurantSpaces

    With customer expectations and technologies evolving faster than ever, 2018 is shaping up to be a significant turning...

    Is this the Amazon Go of Restaurants?

    Understandably, this week’s launch of Amazon Go sent ripples of excitement and trepidation throughout the retail world.

    How Blockchain Could Revolutionize the Restaurant Industry

    The spectacular rise of Bitcoin over the past two years, alongside other emerging cryptocurrencies,has been impossible...

    7 Restaurant Chains Successfully Reinventing Themselves

    Restaurants face more competition than they ever have before, both from within the industry and outside it.

    How Can Restaurants Save Money And Conserve Energy?

    Veteran engineer Richard Young is adept at putting challenging concepts in easy-to-follow terms.

    Avoiding The Dangers of Disinnovation

    After more than three decades in operation, earlier this year Hooters opened a restaurant with an entirely new focus.

    Reaping the Rewards of Sustainable Restaurant Design

    Without a doubt, 2017 has seen some huge setbacks for the climate change movement.

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    Building It Right With Good Unit Economics in Restaurant Design

    “If you build it, they will come.” It’s a saying most are familiar with. Though design teams are likely governed by a...

    Restaurant Chains Discuss Going from Concept to Scale

    From that first inkling of an idea right through to first service, every design team knows creating the look and feel...

    The State of Restaurant Development

    Less than a decade of streaming services, voice-activation and one-click ordering have made comfort and convenience the...

    David Novak on Building a Successful Restaurant Business

    “Recognition is your secret weapon,” says former Yum! Brands CEO and bestselling author David Novak. Cultivating human...

    How Restaurant Chains Can Achieve Success with Value Engineering

    The shift of consumer behavior in the digital age is leading restaurant chains to reassess their brick-and-mortar...

    &pizza Makes Restaurant Design a Cultural Phenomenon

    &pizza – pronounced "and pizza" – could just as easily have been another fast-casual pizza chain the likes of Blaze or...

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    James Damian, Chairman of Buffalo Wild Wings, is a self-described "failed music major."

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    &pizza’s Michael Lastoria Shares His Biggest Fears

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    David Novak to Keynote RestaurantSpaces

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