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Tony Roma’s maps growth plans with new formats

Romacorp, the parent of barbecue chain Tony Roma's, has created a smaller format prototype and is preparing to launch a fast-casual concept called Bones & Burgers in Tampa, Fla., next month. The company aims to open about 200 new locations over the next 10 years, and the new formats are designed to reduce startup costs for franchisees and make the brand fit into more non-traditional venues like college campuses and airports. Restaurant Business

 

Dirty Candy chef’s vegan burger concept adds 2nd location

Amanda Cohen, the chef and creator of Michelin-starred restaurant Dirt Candy, and humanitarian Andrea Kerzner have opened the second location of plant-based burger concept Lekka Burger that debuted in 2019. The new location is in New York City’s Urbanspace food hall, and future growth will

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Historic Lake Placid hotel re-envisioned

A property that opened in Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1927 has been transformed into the Grand Adirondack Hotel, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. The 92-room hotel incorporates the rich history and nature of the area. Hospitality Design

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Physical retail is key to Argent’s growth strategy

Women’s workwear brand Argent is focusing on brick-and-mortar retail growth after downsizing during the pandemic, with the opening of a New York City store and plans to expand into additional markets. The brand, which also launched in nine Nordstrom stores this year, is finding that

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How Rock & Brews is playing to its strengths

Rock-and-roll fan Adam Goldberg felt right at home when he took the CEO reins four years ago at Rock & Brews, the casual dining chain co-founded by Kiss members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. The 22-unit chain is in growth mode, catering to consumers eager

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Highlight Room is hidden rooftop garden, lounge in NYC

The Highlight Room, described as a lounge with a hidden garden theme, tops the new Moxy Lower East Side in New York City. The design draws its inspiration from the history of the area and the 18th century German Winter Garden along the Bowery. Hospitality

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Abercrombie & Fitch focuses store growth on new formats

Abercrombie & Fitch’s focus on opening new stores in 2022 led the company to post better-than-expected third-quarter results and increase its full-year outlook. Focusing on smaller formats has driven a 60% increase in sales per square foot at its newest namesake stores, while an omnichannel

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IHG adds Iberostar in resort partnership

IHG Hotels & Resorts is expanding its portfolio with an agreement with Iberostar Hotels & Resorts. Iberostar Beachfront Resorts will become IHG’s 18th brand and expand its market to Brazil, Canary Islands, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Mexico. TravelPulse

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Herschel Supply focuses on opening its own stores

Canadian accessories retailer Herschel Supply Co. is opening its first US store in New York City, marking an expansion on its presence at many large retailers including Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. The company, best known for its backpacks, plans to have at least 12 North American

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Walmart expands DroneUp partnership to 6 states

DroneUp now offers 30-minute drone delivery to Walmart customers in Florida, Virginia, Arizona, Utah, Arkansas and Texas, expanding the service’s reach to more than 4 million households. Participating stores host delivery hubs staffed by certified drone pilots, and customers pay a $3.99 delivery fee for

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Tony Roma’s maps growth plans with new formats

Romacorp, the parent of barbecue chain Tony Roma’s, has created a smaller format prototype and is preparing to launch a fast-casual concept called Bones & Burgers in Tampa, Fla., next month. The company aims to open about 200 new locations over the next 10 years,

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