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 focus on shared spaces like food courts and food halls. […]

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 for new dining experiences, and expansion plans include opening branded […]

Parched Hospitality to grow NYC-based Isla & Co. to new markets

Parched Hospitality Group runs a handful of popular restaurant concepts in New York, including Hole in the Wall, The Sentry, Daintree, Ghost Burger and Isla & Co. The latter is embarking on an ambitious expansion plan, with a new location in Dallas joining its current stores in Midtown Manhattan, Williamsburg, and Stamford, Connecticut, with additional […]

Krispy Kreme embraces omnichannel growth strategy

Krispy Kreme’s hub-and-spoke model shifted the focus from branded stores to retail and e-commerce channels, and the company recently announced plans to test sales at some McDonald’s locations this year. The omnichannel approach is fueling growth with the ultimate goal of growing to 50,000 access points worldwide. Nation’s Restaurant News

Kroger enters Oklahoma with latest Ocado spoke facility

The formal opening of an Ocado-automated “spoke” facility in Oklahoma City has extended The Kroger Co.’s reach to 36 states, now including Oklahoma. Cincinnati-based Kroger said Monday that the 50,000-square-foot spoke site, at 8801 North I-35 Service Rd. in Oklahoma City, recently hosted an associate celebration and ribbon-cutting event. Supermarket News

Mendocino Farms to open 51st unit later this month

Mendocino Farms LLC plans to open its ninth new location this year, bringing the fast-casual concept to 51 units in California and Texas. The company has opened nine new restaurants this year. Nation’s Restaurant News