New 7-Eleven “Evolution Store” Opens in Prosper, Texas

Irving, Texas — 7-Eleven, Inc. has opened its newest Evolution Store — which features tacos on handmade tortillas, frozen margaritas on tap, a stocked wine cellar and beer cooler, fresh-baked croissants and cookies, customized espresso drinks, artisan craft sodas, premium

Dunkin’ Celebrates 1,000th Next Generation Restaurant Opening

Canton, Mass. — In 2018, Dunkin’s first Next Generation restaurant opened in Quincy, Mass., featuring a new design with a modern atmosphere and innovative features. Now, just 3 years later, Dunkin’ is opening its 1,000th Next Gen restaurant in Woodstock,

Silver Diner to Open 19th Restaurant, First in Washington, D.C.

Rockville, Md. — Silver Diner plans to open its first Silver Diner restaurant in Washington, D.C., in 2022. The 8,000-square-foot, two-story space is located next to Nationals Park. This new two-story concept will feature an updated Silver Diner restaurant on

Driving Force

Just in time for its 50th anniversary, Schlotzsky’s rolls out two new prototypes with plans to build on lessons learned during COVID-19. — By Katie Lee —   At Schlotzsky’s, the drive-thru has always been a driving force of its

NewGround Promotes Director of Construction

Chesterfield, Mo. — NewGround, a St. Louis-based innovative architecture, design and project management firm, has promoted Eric Preuss to director of construction. In his new position, Preuss will be relocating to Hawaii to manage headquarters projects for HFS Federal Credit

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Launches New Taqueria Concept

Irving, Texas — Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, a Texas-based Baja-style restaurant group, has launched a new concept, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Taqueria. The Taqueria encompasses everything fans have come to love about the brand with the same recipes, but will offer a

Protective Priority

— By Matt Calo, P.E. and Huston Dawson, P.E. — Safety should be top priority as businesses turn to outdoor space due to ongoing indoor restrictions.   As spring arrives and states across the country continue to revise their restrictions

FRONTIER Building Completes New Burlington Store Near Miami

Miami — FRONTIER Building, an experience-focused national general construction, construction management and design-build contractor, has completed the construction of the new Burlington in Doral, Fla., near Miami International Mall. The project is part of a redevelopment of a Toys “R”

New Ramen Restaurant, Clever Ramen, to Open this Spring

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Born and Raised Hospitality, the restaurant group behind popular Phoenix restaurants Clever Koi, Across The Pond and Fellow Osteria, and architecture firm Aline Architecture Concepts have teamed up to design a new fast-casual ramen restaurant, Clever Ramen,

Sprouts Farmers Market Plans New Stores with New Format

Phoenix — Sprouts Farmers Market plans a series of new stores, including four with a new, smaller format in line with previously announced strategy, and one store relocation. The healthy grocer will open approximately 20 stores this year. Sprouts is

Coolgreens Partners with Interplan to Develop New Prototype Design

Oklahoma City, Okla. — Coolgreens has teamed up with Interplan, a full-service architecture and engineering firm, to design a flexible prototype that can expand or contract in size based on market conditions. Coolgreens’ new base prototype utilizes a consistent kitchen

Famous Dave’s Plans New Restaurant Prototype

Minnetonka, Minn. — Famous Dave’s, a fast-growing barbeque franchise with 117 restaurants, will introduce a streamlined new restaurant prototype this year. BBQ Holdings, Famous Dave’s parent franchisor, has struck an agreement with DTSG, one of its legacy franchisee groups, to

La Madeleine Unveils New Prototype with First Drive-Thru

Dallas — La Madeleine French Bakery & Café will make its highly anticipated return to Addison, Texas, on Feb. 8 with a new look. The remodeled restaurant features the brand’s all-new prototype, including la Madeleine’s first-ever drive-thru and a featured

What’s In Store

— By Kenneth Gruskin, AIA — Coronavirus as a catalyst for innovation in stores and restaurants.   The coronavirus has resulted in a cosmic shift in retail and hospitality. Customers have moved from seeking high-touch retail experiences, extensive product/service selection,

FoodMaxx Reopens Newly Renovated Store in Oakland, Calif.

Modesto, Calif. — FoodMaxx officially welcomed shoppers to its newly renovated Oakland, Calif., store on Feb. 3. “With shoppers facing ever-tighter budgets during the pandemic, our Number 1 goal at FoodMaxx is to provide this community with the very best

QDOBA Mexican Eats Opens 400th Franchise Location

San Diego — QDOBA Mexican Eats® (QDOBA), the largest franchise opportunity in the fast-casual Mexican segment, has opened its 400th franchise location (pictured). The landmark opening underscores the brand’s dynamic development strategy to expand to 2,000 units. QDOBA’s growth will