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Portillo’s New Pacesetter

With three drive-thru lanes and no dining room, the Chicago-born brand covers new ground in Joliet, Ill.


Focus On: Senior Living

Everything from the preferences of baby boomers to staffing shortages are driving innovation in this segment.

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6 Myths About Going Electric

Some operators are switching from gas technologies to electric models. What does the change really mean?

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Inside CWRU’s LEED Certified Fribley Commons

At Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, a $19 million renovation has put Fribley Commons squarely back on the campus dining map. A few things that set Fribley apart in terms of design and layout include innovative ventilation solutions that helped the building earn LEED Silver certification, a labor-efficient platform supporting multiple stations and a…

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While aesthetics and functionality are always top of mind when considering a new serving line solution, it’s important that operators also consider the business angle of this decision. In this article, we’ll look at modular serving lines and custom serving lines through the lens of how each option could affect an operator’s bottom line now…

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Chicago Is Now Home to the First Panera To Go Concept

Panera Bread is shaking it up—again.

Simple Servings Anatomy Of An Allergen Sensitive Station

Anatomy of an Allergen-Sensitive Station

Simple Servings, an allergen-sensitive station, takes measured steps to reduce diners’ allergen risks.

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Joe Schumaker’s Take on the Future of Catering

FER checked in with Joe Schumaker to get his unique take on how far catering has come—and where it’s headed.

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Presto Chango: Inside Fiore’s Transformation

When the restaurant formerly known as Francesca’s Fiore reopened as Fiore Pizzeria & Bakery, the businesses under one roof tripled. Instead of a full-service Italian trattoria, the new Francesca’s sister brand in Forest Park, Ill., features a one-page, handwritten menu of pizza and small bites—plus a display commissary in a skylit space behind a glass…

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Focus On: Food Halls

Food halls are getting a fresh start, in more ways than one.

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