Chipotle Mexican Grill opened its first to-go only restaurant, known as the Chipotle Digital Kitchen. Opening November 14 outside Highland Falls, N.Y.,

Chipotle Digital Kitchen, a to-go only concept, debuts in New York

Cultivate Center enables creativity, innovation for Chipotle

Chipotle Mexican Grill will open its first to-go only restaurant, known as the Chipotle Digital Kitchen. Opening November 14 outside Highland Falls, N.Y., the futuristic outlet will operate for pick-up orders and delivery only. With digital sales accounting for nearly half of the Newport Beach, Calif. chain’s sales, a pre-order, no prep-line restaurant makes sense.

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All-natural, hormone-free chicken-wing concept Atomic Wings will open a relocated location at 980 Second Avenue, New York City in November

Atomic Wings to open relocated site on Second Avenue in Manhattan

Local franchise partner plans continued growth across Northeast

Antibiotic and hormone-free chicken-wing concept Atomic Wings will open a relocated location at 980 Second Avenue, New York City in November. This is a relocated storefront restaurant that replaces a commissary kitchen shop on 49th Street. A multi-unit franchise partner, Fahad Samad, will operate the new unit.

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new, Green Chile Brisket debuted at Taco Cabana locations. Green Chile marks the return of brisket to Taco Cabana’s menus

Taco Cabana adds Green Chile Brisket to menu

Fast casual adds brisket in variety of formats

A new, Green Chile Brisket debuted at Taco Cabana locations. Green Chile marks the return of brisket to Taco Cabana’s menu. This year, the restaurant chain has been doubling down on menu introductions and LTOs (limited-time offers) to attract new customers and keep its fan base coming back.

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Affiliates of Atlanta-based Roark Capital, a private equity group focused on retail and foodservice franchise brands, has sold the Corner Bakery cafe chain to Pandya Restaurant Group

Roark Capital sells Corner Bakery cafe chain

Owner of Boston Market sees strategic value in chains’ synergies

Affiliates of Atlanta-based Roark Capital, a private equity group focused on retail and foodservice franchise brands, has sold the Corner Bakery cafe chain to Pandya Restaurant Group. Roark Capital acquired the then-119-unit chain, and its parent Il Fornaio, in 2011.

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The chicken sandwich wars appear to be endless as Zaxby’s Signature Sandwich debuts for a limited time. The Athens, Ga.-based fast-casual chain launched its own fried chicken sandwich

Limited-time Zaxby’s Signature Sandwich debuts in select markets

Fast casual takes regional approach to culinary warfare

The chicken sandwich wars appear to be endless as Zaxby’s Signature Sandwich debuts for a limited time. The Athens, Ga.-based fast-casual chain launched its own fried chicken sandwich, hoping to extend the battle and mark its own place in the coveted competition. Wendy’s, Church’s Chicken and now Zaxby’s have become the latest limited-service chains to upgrade or release their own version of the fried chicken staple, now a prized item on many menus.

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Fat Brands, the parent of Faburger and several other high-profile fast-casual and casual-dining chains, opened a new ghost kitchen in Dallas, Texas in partnership with Croft Ventures

Fatburger, Buffalo’s Express, Hurricane Grill + Wings expand in Dallas with ghost kitchen

Fat Brands to grow in Texas with Croft Ventures

Fat Brands, the parent of Fatburger and several other high-profile fast-casual and casual-dining chains, opened a new ghost kitchen in Dallas, Texas in partnership with franchise partner Croft Ventures. Out of the new kitchen, customers will order to go from Fat Brands’ restaurant concepts Fatburger, Buffalo’s Express and Hurricane Grill & Wings. Fat Brands will add Yalla Mediterranean to the mix in the coming months.

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Chipotle’s third-quarter sales once again produced impressive results, with comp(arable) sales increasing 8.3 percent and total sales jumping 14.1 percent compared to last year.

Chipotle stores could reach digital $1M AUV in 2020: 3Q earnings report

As digital sales triple, comp sales increase by 8.3 percent despite lapping tough quarter

Chipotle Mexican Grill once again produced impressive third-quarter sales results, with comp(arable) sales increasing 8.3 percent. Total revenue jumped 14.1 percent compared to last year and resulted in $1,601.4M on the top line. Amid a health crisis that for many has correlated convenience with safety, digital sales increased 202.5 percent to $776.4M. Chipotle executives expect digital sales to reach $2.5B this year, putting average unit volume of store-level digital sales at the $1M mark.

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