Amazon opens first cashierless Whole Foods

Amazon has opened its first Whole Foods Market location featuring the company’s Just Walk Out technology, which enables customers to bypass checkout lanes and pay through a mobile app. The store, located in Washington, D.C.’s Glover Park neighborhood, is the first of two Whole Foods locations opening this year that will implement the system, which […]

Smashburger adds full bar to its fast-casual setting

Smashburger opened its first restaurant with a full bar in its hometown of Denver last week, with a bartender serving beer, wine and craft cocktails like the Blackberry Smash and the Coconut Mule. Restaurant Business

Dough Zone Dumpling House to grow by up to 20 locations by 2027

When the Seattle-based Dough Zone Dumpling House first opened its doors, the original owners envisioned a small mom-and-pop restaurant that would give customers real Chinese cuisine. But what they weren’t expecting was how popular it would become. With the first Dough Zone opening in Bellevue, Washington in 2014, they now have eight locations in the […]

KFC caters to off-premises with Next-Gen store design

KFC debuted its Next-Gen store design last year at a restaurant in Berea, Kentucky and the chain plans to build about 30% of its new stores in one of two Next-Gen models. The updated store designs include an inline model meant for urban locations and drive-thru models designed to facilitate off-premises orders with double drive-thru […]

Wendy’s maps growth plans in Mexico

Wendy’s is crafting a new menu for its restaurants in Mexico as part of a plan aimed at growing the chain’s presence there to hundreds of locations. The company, which opened its first restaurant in Mexico three decades ago and now has 28 units there, is also developing new store formats and investing to grow […]